Man killed in motorcycle crash in Tarkington

Trooper Hebert and Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy B. Kutra examine a motorcycle that was involved in a fatal crash Tuesday night in Tarkington.

By Vanesa Brashier,

A two-vehicle crash around 10 p.m. Tuesday just west of the SH 105 and FM 2518 intersection resulted in the death of a 37-year-old Cleveland man, authorities say.

Dustin Foster was riding his motorcycle eastbound on SH 105 when a Dodge 3/4-ton pickup truck driven by Phillip Latchie, 31, of Cleveland, pulled out of a private driveway and merged into traffic. Foster’s motorcycle crashed into the back of the pickup truck.

Troopers are investigating whether the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed, or if the driver of the truck misjudged the distance between the two vehicles or failed to see the motorcycle, or a combination of both situations, said Sgt. Rob Willoughby with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Foster was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Wade Brown. Latchie was uninjured.

Foster was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The bike was still bearing temporary tags, suggesting the motorcycle was a recent purchase.

Assisting at the crash site were the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department and Smith Towing. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home was called to carry the deceased man’s body from the scene.

Linda Burch with Smith Towing looks for debris in the roadway as she waits for law enforcement to finish the investigation of a fatal crash near Tarkington on Tuesday.
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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