Fort Worth records 4th motorcycle crash death this week

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FORT WORTH -- Another motorcyclist has died from injuries suffered on a Fort Worth city street, increasing the number of people who have been killed on the vehicles to four since Monday, authorities said Wednesday.

Three have been drivers, including an off-duty Fort Worth firefighter. The fourth was a woman riding on the firefighter's motorcycle.

The most recent crash occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of Glen Garden Drive when a 54-year-old Fort Worth motorcyclist passed a vehicle on a shoulder of the road, hit a curb and was thrown off.

Carlius Johnson died from his injuries at John Peter Smith Hospital shortly after the wreck.

"The weather conditions are becoming more favorable for motorcycle enthusiasts," said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel on Wednesday. "We encourage everyone to be alert to their surroundings while traveling. We also ask that motorists take time to check blind spots around the vehicle at intersections and on the roadway."

In 2011, there were 279 people on motorcycles -- either as drivers and passengers -- killed on Texas roadways, according to the most recent figures from the Texas Department of Transportation. Fifty-one percent of them were not wearing helmets at the time.

In the Glen Garden crash, Johnson was eastbound on the street when he attempted to pass on a shoulder, hit the curb and laid the vehicle down, according to police reports. The bike slid about 100 feet into oncoming traffic in the 2800 block of Old Mansfield Road.

The motorcycle hit a vehicle on Old Mansfield Road head-on; that driver was not injured.

Information on whether Johnson was wearing a helmet was not available.

Also on Tuesday night, Shymill Murphy, 37, who was a passenger on a motorcycle involved in a Monday crash, died at John Peter Smith Hospital. In that crash, Fort Worth firefighter Lylian "Randy" Berry Jr., 42, was riding with Murphy eastbound in the 300 block of Sycamore School Road near Colfax Lane, authorities said. Berry was off-duty at the time.

A sports utility vehicle northbound on Colfax turned in front of the motorcycle, which hit the back of the SUV, police said.

Berry was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital about an hour after the crash which occurred about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

A motorcycle and a car collided in far west Fort Worth Monday evening, killing the motorcyclist and a passenger in the car.

The motorcycle rider, Jeremy Williamson, 21, of White Settlement, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported.

Noemi Mendoza, 24, of Fort Worth, a passenger in a four-door Nissan, died later at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, the medical examiner reported.

The driver of the car and a 2-year-old child were checked at the scene but were not taken to a hospital, police said

The wreck was reported at 8:07 p.m. Monday on White Settlement Road where it passes over West Loop 820, police said.

Williamson, on a 2008 Suzuki, was eastbound when the westbound Nissan started to turn south onto the Loop's access road, police said Monday.

The car was turning "on a protected green arrow," police said. Witnesses told investigators that the motorcycle "accelerated on a yellow light," according to a police report.

The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car.

This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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