The police in Karnack, Texas had their hands full Thursday night. They responded to a call about a multi-car accident in Karnack at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 1999 and Farm-to-Market Road 9. They arrived at the scene of a crash that would prove fatal.
A 52-year old man from Waskom was driving his pickup truck along the Northbound lanes of FM 9. His passenger, 53-year old Karnack native Lonnie Martin was in the car with him. At the same time, a 54-year old Shreveport man named Richard Phillips was traveling on his motorcycle with his passenger, 48-year old Melanie Hubbard, also from Shreveport. They were on the East side of FM 1999.
Martin failed to yield at the intersection and didn’t give the right of way to the couple on the motorcycle. This caused the motorcycle to hit the driver’s side of the truck. Both riders were ejected from the bike. Seconds later, a third vehicle, driven by Hannah Marter of Ashley, Arkansas struck both of the riders.
The passenger on the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The driver was taken to the local hospital but, sadly, also died from his injuries. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were treated at the scene and released. Thankfully, Hannah Marter was not injured at all in the crash.
Motorcycle riders are always at the mercy of other motorists. In this case, the pickup driver failed to honor the right of way of the motorcycle driver. This set off a chain of events that left two people dead and two others injured. We imagine the families of the victims will have a potential legal claim against Martin for failing to yield.
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