Editor's note: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that a truck struck a motorcycle. Police later confirmed that the motorcycle struck the rear of the truck.
TEXAS CITY — Police are investigating an accident that killed a League City man late Thursday night.
The collision happened on a dark stretch of road near Dickinson.
The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Derrick Navarro, 22, of League City.
The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. in the 12800 block of FM 3436 in Texas City. The road is along the city limits of Texas City and Dickinson and is a connector between FM 517 and FM 646.
Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby said a man riding a Honda CBR motorcycle was headed south on FM 3436 when he slammed into the rear of a Chevrolet truck driven by an 18-year-old Bacliff woman.
It could not be confirmed if the motorcycle was speeding when it struck the truck.
The force of the collision was so severe that the truck was damaged to the point it couldn’t be driven.
The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike.
At first the accident was reported as a pedestrian hit by a vehicle. Passing motorists saw debris on the road and thought the man’s body was a tire.
They called 911.
An initial report indicated that the driver of the truck fled the scene, but Burby said that did not appear to be the case.
The motorcyclist was dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital by someone in a private vehicle, Burby said. Her condition was not known, he said.
Friends of the woman said that she is “devastated” by what happened.
The accident remained under investigation as of Friday afternoon, police said. There was no indication whether charges would be filed.
League City resident Suzy Granger said she had watched Navarro grow up. Her son was one of Navarro’s closest friends, and her husband coached the boys’ Little League team.
“I considered him one of my kids,” Granger said. “We’ve known him since the third grade. He was a funny kid, always making everybody laugh.”
Navarro loved spending time with friends, his dogs, skateboarding, motorcycles and sports, Granger said. He also loved his home state.
Granger said her husband and son recently took Navarro on a vacation to Denver, Colo.
“He had a good time, but he loved Texas so much he was ready to go home,” she said.
Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds may be reached at 409-683-5334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.