UPDATE: Officials identify victim of Toll 49 motorcycle wreck as Tyler man

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UPDATE (9:00 A.M.) – DPS officials have released the identity of the victim from a fatal Toll 49 wreck Thursday afternoon as a Tyler man.

Around 4 p.m., 40-year-old Christopher Lee Eickenhorst was driving his 1998 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound behind a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado.

The Silverado was driven by 30-year-old Jamal Russell, a Jacksonville resident.

The DPS report states that Russell performed an illegal U-turn, causing Eickenhorst to strike the side of the Chevrolet.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and Russell was not injured in the crash.

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – At least one person is dead after a crash on Toll 49 Thursday, according to officials.

Officials told KETK that the crash occurred on Toll 49 between Paluxy and Broadway around 4 p.m., and involves a motorcycle and a truck.

Toll 49 is currently shut down between Paluxy and Broadway.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, motorcycle fatalities are trending upwards. Currently, one motorcyclist dies every day in the state due to an accident.

In 2020, approximately 500 people were killed and 2,000 were injured.

Now, TxDOT is asking drivers to watch out for motorcyclists with a new campaign.

“More and more drivers are distracted and not completely focused on their driving and that’s a recipe for disaster. Please if you’re driving, make it your number one priority. Always look twice for motorcycles. Remember there’s a life riding on it,” said Terry Pence, Behavioral Traffic Safety Section Director with TxDOT.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

TxDOT shared some tips that people can keep in mind when they’re on the road. Drivers should take extra care when making a left turn and pay special attention at intersections. They should also keep their distance from motorcyclists.

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