Four motorcycle riders killed in wrecks in Fort Worth in 2 days

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FORT WORTH -- A 54-year-old motorcyclist was fatally injured Tuesday evening near Cobb Park, the fourth person killed while riding a motorcycle in the city in two days, authorities said Wednesday.

Three of the dead were driving the motorcycles, and the fourth was a rider.

A passenger in a car that was hit by one of the motorcycles was also killed.

The crash Tuesday occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Glen Garden Drive. Carlius Johnson was eastbound when he tried to pass a vehicle on a shoulder of the road. He hit a curb and was thrown from the motorcycle, police reported.

The bike slid about 100 feet into oncoming traffic in the 2800 block of Old Mansfield Road and hit a vehicle. That driver was not injured, police said.

Johnson was pronounced dead at 7:51 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported. Police did not report whether he was wearing a helmet.

"Weather conditions are becoming more favorable for motorcycle enthusiasts," said Sgt. Lonny Haschel of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

"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, 279 people on motorcycles -- as drivers or passengers -- were killed on Texas roads, according to the most recent figures from DPS. Fifty-one percent were not wearing helmets.

The other fatalities this week were:

Fort Worth firefighter Lylian "Randy" Berry Jr., 42, and his passenger, Shymill Murphy, 37. Berry was eastbound on his Suzuki about 6:40 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Sycamore School Road near Colfax Lane when the motorcycle hit a northbound sport utility vehicle that turned in front of it, police said.

Berry was pronounced dead about an hour later. Murphy died Tuesday night, officials reported. Both wore helmets.

Jeremy Williamson, 21, of White Settlement. About 8 p.m. Monday, he was riding his Suzuki eastbound on White Settlement Road where it passes over West Loop 820, police said.

A westbound Nissan started to turn south onto the loop's access road on a protected green arrow, witnesses told police. Williamson's motorcycle hit the passenger side of the car.

Williamson was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not report whether he was wearing a helmet.

Noemi Mendoza, 24, of Fort Worth, a passenger in the Nissan, died later Monday, the medical examiner reported. The car's driver and a 2-year-old child were not taken to a hospital.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,

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