One dead, one in critical condition after motorcycle accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/12/09

One dead, one in critical condition after motorcycle accident

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man is dead and another critically injured after a crash between two motorcycles near Reese Center Friday morning.

Witnesses say the two bikes accelerated suddenly from the intersection shortly before 1 a.m. They travelled side-by-side down West 19th Street, at a high rate of speed. The two motorcyclists collided near Inler when police say 33-year-old Ruben Garza turned in front of 36-year-old Clinton Lamb.  The collision tossed both men from their bikes.

"The preliminary shows that speed is most likely going to be a factor. That will be part of the ongoing investigation," said Lt. Jon Caspell with the Lubbock Police Department. 

Another part of the investigation is to determine whether or not the men wore helmets. Police found helmets at the scene, but they were not on the two men's heads, so it is not clear whether or not they were actually wearing them.

At last report, Garza is in critical condition at University Medical Center. Lamb also went to UMC, but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

Lamb made headlines back in 1997, after a deadly collision between his pickup and a sedan. Two men in that car died in the accident. Lamb was initially charged with intoxicated assault and found not guilty. He later pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault for the incident.

Police say it doesn't seem like alcohol was a factor in the accident Friday morning, but they can't rule it out completely until toxicology reports come back.

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