UPDATE, 4:30 Monday: Michael Thetford, of Killeen, was taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple after his black Kawasaki motorcycle struck a red Ford pickup at around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 2800 block of East Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Killeen police responded to the scene in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle.

Upon arrival, officers located a man lying in the roadway.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that Thetford was traveling over the speed limit eastbound in the outside lane of Veterans Memorial when the pickup entered the intersection turning westbound from Highland Avenue.

According to police, Thetford struck the front left quarter panel of the truck, causing him to be ejected off the motorcycle and land in the roadway.

Police said Thetford was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.


One man was airlifted to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Killeen.

At 12:52 p.m. police received a 911 call at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Highland Avenue involving a motorcycle. When they arrived, they found a man lying in the roadway, according to Killeen police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez. He was immediately airlifted to Scott and White Medical Center in Temple.

The motorcyclist was riding eastbound in an outside lane when a red pickup truck failed to yield on Highland Avenue and caused the motorcycle to crash into the truck, police said.

The rider was not wearing a helmet, Miramontez said.

His age and identity was unknown at the time of the accident, Miramontez said. Three people were in the truck, and were not injured, she said.

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