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Motorcycle was bumped by other car in Clay Co. crash, driver says

A 20-year-old woman from Wichita Falls was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 20-year-old woman from Wichita Falls was pronounced dead at the scene.(ARC Images)
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 1:52 PM CDT
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CLAY COUNTY, Texas (KAUZ) - Details are emerging about the fatal motorcycle crash that killed one Wichita Falls woman and sent a young man to the hospital.

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 18 at 5:04 p.m.

21-year-old Cole Crowder of Wichita Falls has come forward to give his side of the story following his release from United Regional Hospital, saying he lost control of his motorcycle after another car bumped the back of the bike.

Crowder says he was driving with 20-year-old passenger Amber Lynn Bennett when he noticed a car in the left lane drifting toward him. The posted speed limit was 75 mph: Crowder says he was going 67, while the other car was going around 75-80 mph. He reportedly tried to move further away from the car, uncertain if its driver was tired, and ultimately crossed the white line of the median as the car continued to get closer. The car then allegedly bumped the back of Crowder’s motorcycle and caused him to lose control.

Texas Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident. Crowder says he had not yet spoken with them following his release from United Regional earlier on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 18 at 1:52 p.m.

A preliminary crash investigation report has revealed further details of the fatal motorcycle accident that killed one Wichita Falls woman and sent a man to the hospital on May 16.

Unlike the previous report, the investigation says that the car noticed something on the road as they approached the crash, and tried to steer around it. However, the car ultimately hit Amber Lynn Bennett, a 20-year-old woman from Wichita Falls who had been thrown from a motorcycle after its driver lost control.

The evasive maneuver reportedly caused the car to lose control and enter the center median before skidding sideways across U.S. 287. The car ultimately hit a grassy ditch and rolled over.

The report states that neither Bennett nor the motorcycle driver were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Texas Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash, and stresses that information can change as more details are discovered.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tuesday, May 17 at 4:47 p.m.

Details of the fatal motorcycle crash that killed one Wichita Falls woman and sent a man to the hospital have been released.

Amber Lynn Bennett, a 20-year-old from Wichita Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Clay County Justice of the Peace.

Authorities say Bennett was a passenger on a motorcycle driving on U.S. 287, east of Wichita Falls and close to FM 2393, at around 11 p.m. on May 16. The driver reportedly lost control, and both he and Bennett were thrown from the motorcycle. But while the driver ultimately landed away from the road, a DPS press release says Bennett fell into the northbound lanes of U.S. 287, where she was hit by another car.

“[The other driver] had no time to react and was unable to make a [sic] evasive maneuver and struck Bennett who was lying in the roadway,” said Staff Sgt. Dan Buesing of the Texas Department of Public Safety in a statement.

A press release stated the motorcycle’s driver was transported to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls with serious injuries, while the car’s driver was uninjured.

The crash is currently under investigation by Texas Highway Patrol.

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