Motorcyclist dies in collision with taxi doing U-turn
A motorcyclist was killed Saturday night near the Galleria as he and others raced down Westheimer Road and slammed into a taxi, according to police.
Houston police found the 39-year-old driver around 8:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Westheimer Road, near Sage Road. He died at the scene, while three other motorcyclists — all men — were rushed to a hospital and are expected to survive.
Investigators believe a group of five motorcyclists were riding together, Lt. Emanuel Pavel said. Four of them hit the taxi as the driver — who said he looked and had not seen anyone coming — was making a U-turn.
A fifth managed to swerve out of the way.
The impact left their motorcycles and vehicle debris scattered along the roadway. Investigators found evidence that the bikers were driving “at excessive speeds and racing.” Some skidded more than 100 feet.