Deadly Crash on West Loop at 50th Tuesday Morning

Updated for name of victim.

LUBBOCK, TX - Emergency crews were called to the West Loop near 50th Street in the northbound lanes just after 8:00 a.m. Tuesday for a deadly crash between a pickup truck and a motorcycle.  Shortly after noon, police publicly identified the motorcycle-rider who died as Roy Cardenas, 32. 

Police said the driver of a pickup truck stopped in the roadway because of problems with the truck.  Police said the motorcyclist hit the rear passenger side of the truck. 

Cardenas was not wearing a helmet and was killed in the crash, according to police.  The driver of the pickup suffered only minor injuries. 

Northbound traffic was diverted onto the access road at 50th Street until shortly after 11:00 a.m. 

Late Tuesday morning (prior to releasing the name of the motorcycle-rider), LPD released the following statement:

Accident Investigators with the Lubbock Police Department are investigating a fatal crash that occurred around 8 a.m. on the northbound lanes of Loop 289.

A pickup truck was traveling northbound on the Loop when the hood of the truck flipped up and blocked the driver’s vision. The driver stopped the vehicle in the middle lane of the loop near the Marsha Sharp Freeway exit to fix the hood.

While the driver was putting the hood down, a motorcycle traveling northbound collided into the back of the pickup. The motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the pickup truck, 28-year-old Ernest Harris Jr., had minor injuries.

Accident Investigators were called to the scene to begin an investigation. It was determined the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet. Investigators are also looking into whether speed was a factor.

For about three hours, all northbound lanes of Loop 289 between Slide Road and 34th Street were shut down. All lanes have now been reopened.

We will release the motorcycle rider’s name once next of kin has been notified.


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