slowdown and struck the lead motorcycle.
The striking motorcycle overturned, dealing “serious head trauma” to the Rockwall woman who was riding as a passenger, officials said. She died shortly after being transported to a nearby hospital with the male driver, who was treated for minor injuries.
Officials did not suspect alcohol played a role in the crash, officials said, and no charges were filed over the incident.
Less than three hours later, a man heading for the Galveston Causeway lost control of his motorcycle as he crested the 61st Street overpass. Witnesses told police the man was traveling “at a high rate of speed” as he left the nearby intersection of 59th Street and Broadway Avenue J.
He died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital.
The DPS issued a news release Saturday urging drivers to “use extra caution around the estimated 250,000 motorcycles” expected at the Lone Star Rally. The festival ends Sunday.
“As we roll into the weekend (police) only expects an increase of visitors and vehicles to the island,” said Joshua Schirard, in a release from the Galveston Police Department. “As such, we would like to stress the importance of wearing proper protective equipment when you ride a motorcycle, including a helmet.”