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Police: Speed May Have Been A Factor In Deadly Motorcycle Accident

By: Nadia Galindo Email
By: Nadia Galindo Email
(Photo by Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, Waco Police Dept., via Twitter)

(Photo by Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, Waco Police Dept., via Twitter)

WACO (February 7, 2013)—Waco police rerouted traffic Thursday afternoon on northbound New Road after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a pickup truck in which speed may have been a factor.

Police identified the motorcyclist Thursday evening as Robert Charles Taplin III, 20, of Waco.

The accident happened just before 3 p.m. near the intersection of North New Road and Watt Avenue.

Taplin's northbound 2006 Suzuki motorcycle slammed into the side of the Ford F-250 pickup as the truck’s driver pulled onto New Road from the parking lot of the Gift Horse store, police said.

The motorcyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet, police said, and the speed at which he was traveling may have been a factor in the accident.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson pronounced Taplin dead at the scene.

The 18-year-old woman who was driving the pickup was not injured, police said.

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