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Old 08-07-2006, 08:47 AM   #1
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Fort Hood soldier killed in motorcycle crash
25-year-old was on western Travis road known for scenic views, dangerous curves.
By Corrie MacLaggan

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Monday, August 07, 2006

With its winding curves and views of Lake Travis, Lime Creek Road is a favorite among motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts.

One motorcyclist a Fort Hood soldier died on the road Sunday after swiping one car and getting pinned under another.


The 25-year-old man was heading south about 1 p.m., speeding around a curve, when his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle sideswiped a northbound 2005 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Michael Paul Zuhn of La Grange, Department of Public Safety officials said. The impact knocked the soldier off his motorcycle. He was then run over by and trapped underneath a northbound 2005 Mini Cooper driven by Joseph G. Wilwayco of Austin.

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The motorcycle driver, who had been riding alongside another motorcyclist, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet, DPS said. DPS officials asked that his name be withheld because his wife had not yet been notified.

There were no other injuries.

Neighbors and drivers in the area said they often see speeding motorcycles and cars on Lime Creek Road.

Officials could not say Sunday evening how many accidents have occurred on Lime Creek Road in recent years. But John and Marcie Wilcox, who live near the scene of the wreck, said there have been a half dozen wrecks on the stretch of the road near their trailer in the eight years they've lived there.

"Given the volume of traffic down this road and the speed people drive, to me it was not if but when" a fatal wreck would happen, John Wilcox said. He and his wife were driving home just before the wreck and said the two motorcyclists sped past them seconds before the crash.

The speed limit is 40 miles per hour near the Wilcox home. On several stretches of the curving road that run through a bird sanctuary, signs warn drivers to slow to 20 mph.

The Wilcoxes called on Travis County officials to step up patrols.

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, whose precinct includes Lime Creek Road, said speed and alcohol generally are to blame for fatal accidents.

"You've got some absolutely horrible line-of-sight issues with a number of roads in western Travis County," Daugherty said. "But I'm not convinced that more patrols is what would have stopped that (wreck).

"Can you always use more patrolmen? Sure."

Randy Posey of South Austin, who was riding his BMW motorcycle on Lime Creek Road on Sunday afternoon, said he comes to the road a couple of times a month to enjoy the sweeping views of tree-covered hills and the Sandy Creek Arm of Lake Travis. But there are a lot of blind turns on the road, he said. He was wearing a helmet.

The portion of Lime Creek Road where the wreck occurred slices through the Baker Sanctuary, a 680-acre nesting habitat for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler, said Shelia Hargis of the Travis Audubon Society
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Old 08-07-2006, 08:48 AM   #2
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The sad thing is that Ft. Hood just got back from Iraq. He probably used the money he saved up in Iraq to pay for a bike that he probably couldnt handle. I use to see it all the time in the military. RIP bro!!!!
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True^^. But again that road can be unforgiving if you get outta shape in mid turn. RIP again.
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LCR is ok but not worth dying over. It's just too close to Austin and too many people frequent it including squids not to mention people in cars that live off the road. It is similar to that of FM149 here except FM149 is used by far less people.
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LCR is ok but not worth dying over. It's just too close to Austin and too many people frequent it including squids not to mention people in cars that live off the road. It is similar to that of FM149 here except FM149 is used by far less people.
, and here I am thinking that FM149 seems to be getting pretty crowded these days.

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