COPPERAS COVE — Authorities have identified a 45-year-old Copperas Cove man who died after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Friday.

Copperas Cove police identified the man as Matthew Leyfett Walker. Walker died Friday night after his Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a 2003 Mercury Sable on U.S. Highway 190.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. Friday near the intersection of U.S. 190 and Laura Street. Walker had been driving east on the highway when the driver of the Sable attempted to turn left from westbound U.S. 190 onto Laura Street.

The driver of the Sable failed to yield right-of-way the Walker and the motorcycle ran into the Sable. Walker was taken from the scene to Scott & White Hospital in Temple in critical condition, according to a news release from police.

Walker died at the hospital. Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey pronounced him dead at 10:24 p.m. Friday.

The crash remains under investigation, and Ivey ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. Copperas Cove police are withholding the name of the driver of the Sable at this time.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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It is very sad to hear of another car wreck taking the life of a motorcyclist. The driver of the vehicle should be identified in the news. Maybe, in an old fashioned way, the driver of the vehicle could be publicly shamed as their name is known... Yes , let the community know the name of this reckless driver. Driving is a privilege, not a right and
certainly not a right to kill an innocent motorcyclist by turning in front of them.

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