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Man attempting to cross highway causes major crash that leaves motorcyclist dead

Posted at 3:10 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 16:10:23-05

KILLEEN, TX — A man attempting to cross State Highway 195 caused a major crash that left a motorcyclist dead.

The Killeen Police Department says around 2:37 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, officers were dispatched to a crash involving a motorcycle and car in the 13100 block of South State Highway 195.

The preliminary investigation revealed a white Toyota Prius was traveling southbound on SH 195 and observed a man attempting to cross the highway. The driver of the Toyota slowed down as the pedestrian changed directions to go back towards the shoulder of the roadway.

As the Toyota slowed down, a black 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling behind the Prius ran into the back of the car.

The impact caused the motorcyclist to be thrown off. He was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man, was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication and pedestrian failure to yield right of way to a vehicle.

There were no injuries reported to the driver of the Prius.

On Wednesday, March 4, the motorcyclist, identified as 59-year-old Donald Jay Mires, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at approximately 2:42 p.m.

Killeen PD says the crash continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.