Roanoke motorcyclist dies when skidding car hits him

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A 43-year-old man on a motorcycle was killed Monday when he was struck by a car that was skidding to a halt at an intersection in Roanoke, police said.

Charles Matthews of Roanoke was identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

He was pronounced dead at the accident scene on East Byron Nelson Boulevard, also called Texas 114, at the intersection with North Oak Street.

The collision happened at 7:43 p.m. as Matthews was westbound on East Byron Nelson Boulevard, said Sgt. Chris Almonrode, police spokesman.

An earlier police report stated that Matthews was stopped in traffic.

Almonrode said later, however, that the 2005 Yamaha motorcycle ridden by Matthews was actually in motion.

A 1994 BMW driven by Gene Voorhees, 61, of Southlake was eastbound at the same time on East Byron Nelson Boulevard, Almonrode said.

Voorhees told police he was approaching the intersection from the east when the traffic light turned yellow, Almonrode said.

Voorhees applied his brakes, but the car spun out of control, slid into the intersection and then struck Matthews, Almonrode said.

"The motorcycle and the rider came to rest in the parking lot of the Valero Gas Station located at 201 East Byron Nelson," Almonrode said.

Matthews was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner's office.

There was no evidence indicating that Voorhees was intoxicated, Almonrode said.

But, he added, Voorhees "consented to a blood test as routine procedure for a fatality accident."

No citations or charges were filed as of Tuesday morning, Almonrode said.

A comparison of public records shows that the accident scene was about a mile east of Matthews' home address in Roanoke.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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