TEXAS CITY — A Bacliff woman behind the wheel of a truck that was in a fatal crash with a motorcycle last week won’t face charges in connection to the accident, police said.

Police do not believe the 18-year-old, who also was injured in the accident, was at fault, Texas City’s police chief said.

The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the 12800 block of FM 3436 in Texas City. Police Chief Robert Burby said a man riding a Honda CBR motorcycle was headed south on a dark stretch of FM 3436 when he slammed into the rear of a Chevrolet truck driven by the Bacliff woman.

It was initially reported — incorrectly — that the truck had struck the motorcycle, a fact that police clarified Friday afternoon after more investigation.

The motorcycle rider, Derrick Navarro, 22, of League City, was thrown from the bike and killed. His motorcycle spun off into tress along the road.

The force of the collision was so severe that the truck was damaged to the point it couldn’t be driven. The woman driving the truck was taken by either a family member or friend to the hospital.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but Burby confirmed that the woman driving the truck wouldn’t be charged or issued a citation.

As for the cause of the accident, Burby suggested speed could be a factor.

While the exact speed of the vehicles hasn’t been confirmed, the motorcycle was traveling faster than the pickup, Burby said.

The speed limit along that stretch of road is 55 mph, Burby said.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

(1) comment

Terry Moore

So sad for both families. Just wish the news would report facts as this is the second story that I read lately that caused grief with families because of the initial report having incorrect information that impacts the situation. May just be what the reporter is told.

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