One man died early Wednesday morning when he crashed his motorcycle after leading Killeen police officers on a high speed chase.

According to a news release issued by the Killeen Police Department, a patrol officer attempted to stop Caden Michael Shunk, 21, after witnessing him commit a traffic violation while traveling south on W.S. Young Drive toward Stagecoach Road at 12:15 a.m. this morning. The motorcycle driver reportedly continued onto Stagecoach Road at a high speed, and the officer lost sight of the vehicle.

When the officer approached the 1300 block of Stagecoach Road, the motorcycle was spotted lying in the road and the man lying in a nearby parking lot, according to the report.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle driver failed to negotiate the curve while traveling westbound on Stagecoach Road and collided into a retaining wall, causing him to be thrown off from the motorcycle and hit a tree.

Shunk was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:58 a.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and information will be released as it becomes available.

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Debbie H

There are always loud cars and motorcycles treating Stagecoach Rd as a speedway late at night. It is a residential neighborhood along Stagecoach and we used to be able to enjoy the peace and quiet before we were annexed and the road widened to 5 lanes. I would like to see maybe lowering the speed limit to 35 like it is on Turkey Trot. I know that probably won't deter the speeders, but if we can get more patrols along that stretch of road between W.S. Young Dr. and 195, it may help. We can't even cross the road to get to the sidewalk on the south side without endangering ourselves!

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