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UPDATE: Fatal motorcycle crash victim identified

KILLEEN, TX - UPDATE: The victim of a fatal motorcycle crash in Killeen has been identified by the Killeen Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard last Wednesday, in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle. When officers arrived, they located a man lying in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed a black Kawasaki Motorcycle was traveling over the speed limit eastbound in the outside lane of Veterans Memorial Boulevard, when a red Ford pickup truck entered the intersection and turned westbound from Highland Avenue.

The motorcycle drive struck the front left quarter panel of the truck, which ejected the driver off the motorcycle. He landed in the roadway.

The motorcycle driver has been identified as 44 year-old Michael Thetford of Killeen, who was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital. Thetford then succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on Sunday, March 18, at 11:18 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Donald Engleking. Thetford was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

This crash continues to be investigated by the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit. More information will be released as it becomes available

Below is the original text from this story:

Killeen police report a man was in critical condition early Wednesday afternoon after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck during the noon hour.

Police spokesperson Ofelia Miramontez says the motorcycle was going east in the outside lane of Veterans Memorial Boulevard when the driver of a red pickup pulled out from a stop sign on Highland Avenue directly into its path.

The operator of the motorcycle was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple where he was listed in critical condition.

The victim was found lying in the roadway when officers arrived on the scene.

He had not been wearing a helmet.

Three occupants of the truck were not injured.

The accident was reported at 12:52 p.m.


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