Motorcycle deaths see drop in Texas
EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — A motorcycle crash on I-10 near Fabens has claimed the life of a man making him the third motorcycle traffic fatality in the El Paso area this year, but statewide motorcycle deaths have dropped in the last year.
The man killed has been identified as William May, 71, from Alamogordo.
During the last year, Texas saw a decline in motorcycle deaths according to a report by the Governor's Highway Safety Association.
Locally, the City of El Paso has seen two motorcycles deaths.
El Paso County Sheriff's deputies said May was traveling on I-10 westbound when he somehow lost control, crashed and flew off the motorcycle.
He flew from the westbound lanes onto the eastbound lanes and died at the scene.
Investigators said May was not wearing a helmet but believe it's possible he was hit by a car resulting in the crash.
Edge Kawasaki Sales Manager Mando Meraz said wearing a helmet is always a must but said other drivers should be aware motorcycles are on the road.
"It's important for all of us to be aware that motorcyclists are out there," Meraz said.
He said sometimes people who do not ride motorcycles cannot see a motorcycle coming.
Some El Paso riders said they've had dangerous encounters on the road.
"A driver cut me off the other day he didn't see me I had to slam on my brakes and I almost went down," said Dale Delgadillo.
Delgadillo said it's also important for motorcyclists to get their licenses before going riding.
Edge Kawasaki offers a safety course the second Saturday of every month.
Meraz said it is similar to defensive driving but for motorcycles.