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Local man dies in Central Texas accident

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A Bridgeport man was killed in a two-vehicle accident early Monday morning on Texas 6 in Calvert, between Bryan-College Station and Waco.

Jason Mitchell, 21, was driving a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle north on Highway 6 about 4:30 a.m. when a pickup pulled out in front of him at Texas 14, according to Trooper Jimmy Morgan, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson. The 2012 Chevrolet pickup was driven by James Chmiel, 53, of Bremond.

According to Morgan, Chmiel stopped at the intersection of 14 and 6, but then pulled into the path of the motorcycle. The bike struck the left front fender of the pickup, and Mitchell was ejected. He was wearing a helmet, but it came off when he was thrown from the bike. Mitchell was pronounced dead by Richardson County Justice of the Peace Keith Foltermann.

“He had just turned 21 Friday,” said Morgan. “And from what I understand, he had been visiting friends in the Bryan area and was possibly en route back to Bridgeport.”

Chmiel was not injured.