Motorcycle Rider Seriously Injured in Crash on North Loop

Updated for name of the rider.

LUBBOCK, TX - Lubbock Police were called to the report of a motorcycle accident at about 5:45 Monday morning on North Loop 289 near University Avenue.  

The driver was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to police.  Police then began an accident investigation.

Later in the day police publicly identified the motorcycle rider as Jan Whitaker, 66. Early Tuesday morning, Lubbock Police said Whitaker died at the hospital.

Police released the following written statement Monday afternoon:

Accident Investigators with the Lubbock Police Department are investigating an early morning crash that sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries.
 
At approximately 5:45 Monday morning, officers responded to a crash with injuries in the 2600 block of North Loop 289. When officers arrived they located a single motorcycle that had been involved in a crash.
 
The driver, 66-year-old Jan Whitaker, was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center with serious injuries that are believed to be life-threatening.
 
The initial investigation indicates Whitaker was traveling westbound on North Loop 289 through a construction zone. As he attempted to exit the Loop at University Avenue, it appears he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed.
 
Whitaker was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.


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