Police probe fatal wreck

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Police are still investigating a fatal wreck that occurred Friday morning.

Motorcyclist Gary Shuffield, 57, was pronounced dead at 9:16 a.m. Friday at Denton Regional Medical Center, Corinth police said.

Cpl. Ryan Brock said police responded to 911 calls at 8:36 a.m. after a black 2007 Honda motorcycle collided with a white 2005 GMC pickup in the 1400 block of Robinson Road, near the Oakmont Drive intersection.

Shuffield, police said, was traveling eastbound in the left lane of Robinson Road when he struck the left side of a pickup while going an estimated 25 to 30 mph, according to preliminary investigations. Brock said the estimated speed was based on skid mark measurements.

The pickup, driven by a 59-year-old Corinth resident, was traveling northbound on Oakmont at the stop sign and turning westbound onto Robinson, police said.

Based on the preliminary investigation, Brock said they believe the Corinth resident failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign, causing Shuffield to hit the left side of the pickup.

“It’s just preliminary, and we are working with Little Elm police to determine the exact cause,” Brock said.

Lake Cities Fire Department paramedics performed CPR on Shuffield all the way to the hospital, where he later died, officials said.

Shuffield was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Brock said there were no charges being filed Friday, as the investigation was still ongoing.

The driver of the pickup was uninjured.

Shuffield’s death is the fourth roadway fatality in Denton County in less than a week, said Troy Taylor, chief medical examiner for the county.

In a separate accident Friday, a truck driver was killed when his semi tractor-trailer overturned, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel.

The man was hauling bags of nonhazardous chemicals when his 18-wheeler overturned around 3:30 p.m. at FM407 and South County Line Road, officials said.

“For an as-yet undetermined reason, the driver of the truck became trapped under the vehicle during the rollover,” Haschel said.

An investigation was underway. As of late Friday afternoon, the driver of the truck had not been identified.

On Aug. 31, Michael Ramsey, a 22-year-old from Coppell, died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 35E.

Ramsey was fatally injured when his vehicle rolled over at 2:45 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

Early Wednesday, Denton police responded to a fatality at North Loop 288 and Interstate 35. Jessica Fields, 23, of Lewisville was pronounced dead at the scene, said police department spokesman Officer Ryan Grelle.

Police said Coronado Lovern, 24, was driving west on Loop 288 and approaching I-35 at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday when he failed to negotiate the turn and went straight off an undeveloped part of the north loop, instantly killing his girlfriend.

Lovern was charged with intoxicated manslaughter and was being held at the Denton County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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