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Old 03-02-2007, 01:55 PM   #1
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Rider killed by tow truck hook.

Dumba$$ tow truck driver pulls out and blocks lanes with towed car. Bike slides into tow truck. Biker dies.


March 2, 2007, 9:43AM
Man dies in motorcyle crash in southwest Houston

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A Houston motorcyclist died after his head struck the hook of a wrecker pulling a car at Fondren and Concho late Thursday, police said.

Robert H. Starkey, 47, of 6229 Tanager, slid his Yamaha motorcycle on its side for about 25 feet in an apparent attempt to avoid hitting wrecker-auto combination in the 7800 block of Fondren, Houston police accident investigator Officer L.C. Morrison said.

"The hook caught his head, and he was killed instantly," Morrison said.

"He didn't see the car in time."

Starkey, a road construction worker, was not wearing a helmet and was not licensed to drive a motorcycle, Morrison said.

The death occurred at 10 p.m. after Elite Towing Service driver David Compean, 22, exited a CVS store parking lot towing a dark green vehicle. Compean pulled across the southbound lanes of Fondren planning to turn into the northbound lanes, Morrison said.

Compean was forced to stop because of traffic in the northbound lanes, and the car he was towing remained protruding into the southbound lanes, Morrison said.

Witnesses reported that Starkey changed lanes from behind a moving vehicle as traffic neared the towed car and was unable to stop in time. The speed limit is 30 mph at the site and Morrison estimated Starkey was traveling at 35 to 40 mph.

The dark car hooked to the wrecker blended into the dark grass of the median and other parts of the background, making it difficult to spot the car immediately, Morrison said.

The wrecker truck was equipped with required lights, but Compean was cited for failure to yield the right of way when exiting a private driveway, Morrison said.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:58 PM   #2
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I f*n hate tow trucks in this city. It seems they own the road and aren't obliged to follow any of the laws set forth for the street. I have been nearly run over/t-boned/and run off the road multiple times in my car. I'd hate to see the result if I was on my bike and had a run in with one of these @ss h@ts!!!!!
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^^^^

Not that the statement above excuses him from wearing a helmet or having proper license to operate his machine.
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Dumba$$ tow truck driver pulls out and blocks lanes with towed car. Bike slides into tow truck. Biker dies.


March 2, 2007, 9:43AM
Man dies in motorcyle crash in southwest Houston

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A Houston motorcyclist died after his head struck the hook of a wrecker pulling a car at Fondren and Concho late Thursday, police said.

Robert H. Starkey, 47, of 6229 Tanager, slid his Yamaha motorcycle on its side for about 25 feet in an apparent attempt to avoid hitting wrecker-auto combination in the 7800 block of Fondren, Houston police accident investigator Officer L.C. Morrison said.

"The hook caught his head, and he was killed instantly," Morrison said.

"He didn't see the car in time."

Starkey, a road construction worker, was not wearing a helmet and was not licensed to drive a motorcycle, Morrison said.

The death occurred at 10 p.m. after Elite Towing Service driver David Compean, 22, exited a CVS store parking lot towing a dark green vehicle. Compean pulled across the southbound lanes of Fondren planning to turn into the northbound lanes, Morrison said.

Compean was forced to stop because of traffic in the northbound lanes, and the car he was towing remained protruding into the southbound lanes, Morrison said.

Witnesses reported that Starkey changed lanes from behind a moving vehicle as traffic neared the towed car and was unable to stop in time. The speed limit is 30 mph at the site and Morrison estimated Starkey was traveling at 35 to 40 mph.

The dark car hooked to the wrecker blended into the dark grass of the median and other parts of the background, making it difficult to spot the car immediately, Morrison said.

The wrecker truck was equipped with required lights, but Compean was cited for failure to yield the right of way when exiting a private driveway, Morrison said.

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"Compean was forced to stop because of traffic in the northbound lanes, and the car he was towing remained protruding into the southbound lanes, Morrison said."

I call this manslaughter.
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"Compean was forced to stop because of traffic in the northbound lanes, and the car he was towing remained protruding into the southbound lanes, Morrison said."

A common scene along roads on Houston. Happens at least four times just between Hwy290 and FM1960 when going up Jones Rd every day. It gets worse with increasing traffic with people trying to force themselves across a road trying to make a left turn.


RIP, no helmet? He could've had a chance.
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Just cause it happens all the time is no excuse.
the tow truck driver shares the responsibilty of this death with the rider. He rode beyond his line of sight, did not wear a lid, did not have a license.
The tow truck driver blocked the road illegally.
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:17 PM   #10
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In Pearland they are in the process of eliminating the left turn lane and putting in an esplanade. Too many accidents caused by people using the left turn lane as a staging lane to blend in with traffic. They get frustrated waiting for an opening on the far side of the road so they jump into the left turn lane to accelerate and merge.
I wish the cops had enforced the laws so we could keep it but it will be safer without it.
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Just cause it happens all the time is no excuse.
Agreed. My point was that it is not only tow truck drivers. Maybe more people should be cited for it. It may help break the nasty habit.
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They should also hold tow truck drivers to a higher standard.

but then again, tow truck drivers are the scrourge of the earth.
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In Pearland they are in the process of eliminating the left turn lane and putting in an esplanade.
This could backfire. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. If you take out the median where they can align with traffic, you force people to sit with their crossing lanes again.
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+2~~~ guessing this is the same incident as the other post...
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Tow truck drivers and metro buses are the two worst drivers in houston. Period
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That's why I don't follow too close to cars. Got to see what's going on in front of them. He switched lanes without being able to see the other lane clearly.
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