Two separate vehicular crashes in Galveston over the weekend resulted in the deaths of Houston-area residents, Galveston Police Department spokesman Capt. Joshua Schirard said.
A car crash happened early Saturday morning near 5714 Broadway, and a motorcycle accident occurred Sunday at 61st Street and Avenue L, Schirard said.
Police received a report about 2 a.m. Saturday about a crash in front of the Raceway Gas Station, at 5714 Broadway. Two vehicles were resting on the property, one with rear-end damage and another with front-end damage, Schirard said.
Witnesses told police a black Honda Element turned left from the median onto Broadway, and a maroon Toyota Tundra struck the Honda in the rear, Schirard said.
A passenger in the rear of the Tundra, a 51-year-old Houston area resident, suffered major head injuries and was pronounced dead at John Sealy Hospital, Schirard said. The Tundra driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the John Sealy emergency room for treatment.
Emergency medical personnel treated occupants of the Honda and they were released at the scene, Schirard said.
The second collision occurred about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses said about 100 motorcycles were “driving recklessly and speeding” south on Interstate 45. At the time those calls were received, more calls reported a motorcycle had been involved in a crash at 61st Street and Avenue L, Schirard said.
One of the motorcycles had been trailing behind the group, traveling south at high speeds on 61st Street, Schirard said. At the same time, a maroon Chevrolet Silverado turned left from a northbound lane of 61st Street onto Avenue L, and the two collided, Schirard said.
The motorcyclist, a 25-year-old Houston resident, died of severe injuries at the John Sealy emergency room late Sunday night, Schirard said.
Police late Monday had not released names because they were still working to notify kin, Schirard said.
The Galveston Police Department and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office will determine whether criminal charges are filed, Schirard said. Police are asking people with information about the crashes to call 409-765-3702 or Galveston Crime Stoppers at 409-763-8477.