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Motorcyclist dies in Argyle accident

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

ARGYLE — A man in his 30s was killed after his motorcycle hit another vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 35W on Wednesday.

The accident occurred around 7:40 p.m. near the southern boundary of Argyle south of the FM407 exit, said Argyle Police Chief William Tackett.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office had not released the victim’s identity or place of residence as of press time.

Tackett said witnesses called in close to 8 p.m. to report a motorcyclist weaving in and out traffic and traveling at a high rate of speed.

“While weaving through traffic, he struck the rear end of a green passenger vehicle, causing him to eject off the motorcycle,” Tackett said.

Officials said he was wearing a helmet while driving his black sports cycle.

The man was transported from the scene by CareFlite helicopter to an area hospital, police said.

Officials said they are awaiting the exact cause of death to be determined from the medical examiner’s office.

Tackett said their department is part of a joint crash team that partners with Roanoke, Southlake and Watauga police departments.

The team, he said, assists one another during major and fatal accidents.

“It helps us out a lot, considering the size of our department,” Tackett said. “Our team member will take the lead and complete the investigation within five to seven days.”

Preliminary investigation leads police to think the cause will be linked to speeding and reckless driving, the chief said.

“We just will not know for certain until the investigation is complete,” he said.

The Department of Public Safety assisted with road closure, keeping the highway shut down for four hours.

Flower Mound, Denton County Sheriff’s Office and Northlake police also assisted at the scene.

“This is our first fatality in our town for a least a year, year and a half,” Tackett said Thursday morning.

It was the second fatality on Denton County freeways this week.

A 21-year-old Denton man was killed after he crashed off Interstate 35 and Lois Road on Monday.

Aaron D. Grooms was traveling northbound on I-35 at 2:30 a.m. Monday when he ran his 2000 Ford Mustang off the roadway and into the median, said Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Highway Patrol.

Haschel said Grooms was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck cement pillars that hold up the overpass.

Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for the county, said Grooms instantly died of blunt force injuries.

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