Motorcyclist dies in traffic accident

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A Pilot Point man died Tuesday morning on his way to work after his motorcycle was hit by a truck in thick fog, officials said.

Ryan Hensley Hay, 25, a library worker at Texas Woman’s University, was traveling on his black 2008 Honda motorcycle when he was struck by a gold 2008 Dodge pickup at the intersection of North Locust Street and Milam Road shortly after 9 a.m., said Ryan Grelle, spokesman for the Denton Police Department.

Grelle said the driver of the pickup, whose identity was not released, told police at the scene that he was stopped at a stop sign and didn’t see Hay until it was too late because of the fog.

The truck pulled out and struck the motorcycle, Grelle said.

Hay was pronounced dead at Denton Regional Medical Center, Grelle said.

The accident, which is still under investigation, is the third roadway fatality in Denton since Thanksgiving.

“It’s sad that we have lost so many lives in the past five days,” Grelle said. “We just ask everyone to slow down a little bit and be aware of your surroundings while out on the road. Take extra time to look both ways.”

Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for Denton County, said only a small percent of roadway fatalities actually result from weather conditions.

“Most of our cases are in the summer when it’s nice out,” Taylor said.

Hay had worked part time for Texas Woman’s University since September 2011 as a Support Specialist One in the library, according to Amanda Simpson, spokeswoman for TWU.

Staff writer Jenna Duncan contributed to this report.

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

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