December 31, 2013

Pedestrian fatally struck by motorcycle in southeast Arlington

A pedestrian crossing Sublett Road early Friday evening “was struck by a motorcycle traveling eastbound in the right lane,” a police spokesman said.

A man believed to be in his 20s was fatally struck by a motorcycle while crossing a road in southeast Arlington, police reported.

Police were called at 6:45 p.m. to the 400 block of East Sublett Road, just east of its intersection with Matlock Road, said Sgt. Jeffrey Houston, a police spokesman.

They found that a pedestrian had tried to cross Sublett Road, from north to south, but “was struck by a motorcycle traveling eastbound in the right lane,” Houston said.

“The pedestrian, a man in his 20s, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced” dead, Houston said. “The operator of the motorcycle, a man in his 30s, was also taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.”

Investigators were looking into the case, but Houston said he doubted that the motorcycle operator would face charges because it appeared that the pedestrian walked in front of him.

“Investigators are looking into the possibility that alcohol might have played a factor on the pedestrian’s part of entering the roadway,” he said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office had not released the pedestrian’s name by 11 p.m. Friday.

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