A dangerous maneuver on a motorcycle sent a female passenger sailing into the air and a man barreling into a tree early Monday afternoon.Justin Rollins, 27, of Haltom City and Rebecca Hammond, 34, of Fort Worth sustained serious injuries when the motorcycle they were riding side-swiped a pickup driven by Valerie Marks, 23, of Alvarado about 1:45 p.m. on Farm Road 51 southeast of Paradise. Rollins and Hammond were flown from the scene by helicopter to a Fort Worth hospital.
Marks was traveling south on Farm Road 51 and was turning left into a driveway just north of Texas 114, near the railroad track said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. There was one car behind Marks, and the motorcycle, driven by Rollins, was behind the car. Rollins attempted to pass both vehicles and hit the pickup as it turned.
The impact hurled Hammond, who was riding on the back of the motorcycle, over the top of the pickup and into a grassy field where she hit the ground and bounced once before coming to rest about 50 feet from the point of impact. Meanwhile, the motorcycle ricocheted off the pickup and careened into a tree about 100 feet away. Debris from the shattered Suzuki littered the ground around the stout trunk.
“I didn’t even see it coming or hear it,” Marks said. “There was just a thud.”
Marks was in the middle of turning when the motorcycle crumpled in the driver’s side door of her truck.
A witness reported Rollins was driving the motorcycle faster than the posted 65 miles per hour. Marks was not injured.
“The motorcycle had slowed down and then sped up to pass both vehicles,” Siebeneck said.
Rollins and Hammond were both wearing helmets and were conscious at the scene. They sustained broken bones as well as neck and back injuries.
According to a witness, Hammond was lying in the field screaming, “Why did you do that?” Rollins went over to her and said he “was sorry.”
Both were lying injured in the tall, waving brown grass in the field when medics arrived.