Leander Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

19-year-old Cody Hilgart was killed Monday night after a passenger vehicle pulled out in front of the motorcycle. This marked the fifth motorcycle-related fatality to be recorded in the Austin metro area over a seven-day span.

Details of the Fatal Motorcycle Accident

According to the Hill Country News, Hilgart was traveling southbound along U.S. 183 around 9:30 pm when a Kia sedan traveling the opposite direction made a left hand turn in front of the motorcycle. Hilgart was unable to avoid the sedan.

Hilgart was pronounced dead at the scene – police say he was wearing a helmet when the collision occurred. The driver of the sedan, Taras Mahoe, 46, was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Earlier that day, a female motorcyclist was killed when she was struck by a car attempting to make a left turn from RM 2222 onto Vaught Ranch Road.

Texas Motorcycle Accident Statistics

  • 495 motorcyclists were killed in traffic collisions in 2013. 53-percent of those killed were wearing helmets when the crash occurred.
  • In 2014 there were a total of 13 motorcycle fatalities recorded in the Austin area with only three deaths being recorded between January 1 and April 1.
  • Of the five motorcyclists killed in the Austin metro area so far this year, only one was not wearing a helmet.
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