Woman who died at local hospital after motorcycle crash identified

(City of Harker Heights photo/file)
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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) Police Thursday identified a woman who died at a local hospital after she lost control of her motorcycle in a turn and the bike veered off East Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights as Loretta Townsend, 58, of Belton.

The accident was reported just after 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Townsend was riding east in the 100 block of Central Texas Expressway and was slowing to make a right turn onto a private drive when she lost control of her 2010 Honda Goldwing.

Initial reports indicated she suffered serious head injuries in the crash.

She was taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple where she later died.

No autopsy was ordered, but a blood sample was taken for toxicology testing.

The accident remains under investigation.