Galveston police were busy Saturday night into Sunday morning, responding to 12 major accidents, including one that left a man in critical condition, said Capt. Joshua Schirard, spokesman for the department.

Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident about 2:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 10th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Schirard said.

The driver of a vehicle had pulled out in front of a motorcyclist and the motorcyclist struck the car. The automobile driver left the scene but was found a little later, Schirard said.

The motorcyclist was transported to John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he remained in critical condition, Schirard said.

The crash was one of 12 major accidents Galveston police responded to after 6 p.m. Saturday, Schirard said.

“A major accident either involves some kind of injury or major damage,” Schirard said. “That number does not include minor fender-benders.”

The busy night came during Lone Star Rally, during which 250,000 motorcyclists descend on Galveston for the largest four-day motorcycle rally in the country. The event ended Sunday.

Galveston police officers have responded to an increased number of accidents during Lone Star Rally weekend, but only two have resulted in major injuries, Schirard said in a Saturday interview.

A motorcyclist was in critical condition in surgical intensive care in the emergency room Saturday after falling off the 51st Street viaduct Friday, Schirard said.

Another motorcyclist was also in critical condition after another accident at 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 61st Street and Heards Lane, Schirard said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230;



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