Bobby Bates, 59, was riding his motorcycle northbound on Harrelson Street when the accident happened. Near the 3400 block, Bates was struck by a 40-foot section of metal tubing that was being transported by a forklift. The tubing was sticking out into the lane of traffic when Bates was hit.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Bates suffered from severe head trauma and was airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso. Officials say the man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The forklift operator was not injured in the crash.
Officials have determined alcohol did not play a role in the injury accident, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. The crash is still under investigation, and citations are pending.
The following information is provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):