Tyler police identify motorcyclist killed in overnight fiery crash
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A fatal wreck Wednesday night has caused a traffic shutdown on South Broadway Avenue in Tyler near Amherst Street.
Tyler police released the following press release, identifying the victim killed in the crash:
The operator of the motorcycle that was struck and killed is identified as Michael Anthony Gonzalez, H/M, born 04/30/1992 of Tyler. The driver age 61 and female passenger of the pick-up truck who were transported to the hospital have been treated and released. Investigators secured a search warrant for the blood of the pick-up driver and submitted the blood to the Department of Public Safety Lab for testing.
This crash remains under investigation.
Just before midnight, Tyler police and firefighters were called to a wreck involving a motorcycle and a Toyota pickup truck at 3415 S. Broadway, near Leslie’s Pools. All traffic on Broadway north of Winchester were shut down for several hours.
As of about 9:00 a.m., it is reported the northbound and center turning lanes have been reopened. Southbound traffic is still shut down.
Firefighters had to extinguish the pickup, which was fully-engulfed in flames. Emergency responders worked around live electrical lines, which were pulled down across the road after the pickup crashed into a utility pole, Lt. Eddie Sheffield said.
The unidentified man riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at UT Health- Tyler. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.
The two occupants of the truck were transported to a hospital with unknown injuries.
Several people witnessed the crash.
“I heard somebody yelling, 'Help! Help!” and when I went over there," Terry McGowan said. "There was a guy, pretty much where that metal is on the ground over there. And she asked me can you help me drag him the rest of the way out of the road because it started exploding a little bit more. And it popped one other time and stuff started flying off. And (she) and I pulled him the rest of the way over here to the street. And somebody else had pulled him out of the vehicle so much props to them also.”
According to a news release, the preliminary investigation show the pickup and motorcycle were southbound on South Broadway Avenue.
“The motorcycle was slowing or had stopped for the red light when it was struck from behind by the pickup truck.”
Tyler Police investigators and Crime Scene Unit personnel are processing the crash scene, which is spread over a three-block area.
An Oncor crew is also repairing the fallen power lines. Fewer than five customers are without electricity, according to the utility provider’s website.
Tyler Police advised the public find an alternate route for their morning commute until South Broadway Avenue is cleared and reopened.
Stay with KLTV and KLTV.com for updates.
Copyright 2019 KLTV. All rights reserved.