Truck-motorcycle crash leaves local rider dead, sends driver to jail

Published: Oct. 6, 2018 at 11:27 PM CDT
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A collision involving a truck and two motorcycles Friday night in Bell County left one Central Texas man dead, another injured and sent a third man to jail.

The accident happened at around 7:50 p.m. Friday just outside of Temple on State Highway 317l.

Michael Abel, 55, of China Spring, was northbound on the highway on a 2003 Harley Davidson when Ian Ruston, 56, of Denton, who was headed south on the highway in a Ford pickup, attempted to make a U-turn.

Abel’s bike collided with the pickup and then hit a 2016 Harley Davidson on which Vincente Navejas, 54, of Waco, was riding.

Abel was flown to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, where he died.

Navejas was also taken to Scott & White with what authorities described as incapacitating injuries.

Ruston was arrested on suspicious of driving while intoxicated.

He was booked into the Bell County Jail on a misdemeanor marijuana charge after officers recovered marijuana at the accident scene.

An intoxication manslaughter charge was pending.

His bond was set at $1,500.

His name didn’t appear on the jail’s online roster Monday morning.