Posted on May 24, 2012 at 8:14 AM
HOUSTON—A motorcycle rider was struck and killed by a drunk driver early Thursday after being pulled over by Houston police for a traffic stop on a southeast Houston freeway.
An HPD unit pulled over the motorcyclist on Highway 288 near Yellowstone around 1:30 a.m. after he ran a couple of red lights.
The motorcycle rider stopped on the entrance ramp with the two-man HPD unit behind him. Police said the officers realized the ramp was a single lane and too narrow, and were about to advise the rider over the bullhorn to exit the freeway, when a blue pickup truck came along and sideswiped the bike.
The motorcycle rider died at the scene.
Neither HPD officer was hurt.
The pickup truck driver was transported to Ben Taub Hospital with minor injuries. While there, HPD performed a blood draw and found the driver’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
The driver now faces intoxication manslaughter charges.