Motorcyclist Dies in Hospital After Crosstown Accident

A motorcyclist involved in an accident that shut down portions of Highway 286 on Sunday died in the hospital later that night.

Police said the cyclist was on Interstate 37 coming from the direction of downtown. He had almost completed the long curve to the Crosstown Expressway when he lost control of his bike and hit the concrete barrier. He was then catapulted off the ramp and fell about 25 feet.

A police officer was the first to arrive on the scene and began CPR. The rider later died at the hospital.

Investigators believe that loose gravel may have caused the wreck.

"When he started veering over onto the right-hand side on that shoulder, that shoulder has a lot of little gravel and you can kind of tell where he started kind of fish-tailing, going along that right side," said Sr. Officer Michael Pena of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

The motorcycle skidded about 75 yards before coming to a stop. A helmet was found at the scene, but no one is sure if the cyclist was wearing it at the time of the crash.


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