Motorcycle driver, 31, dies

October 13, 2012

A 31-year-old man on Thursday morning became the third Hood County area resident to die in a traffic-related accident in nine days.

Beau Allen Nichols, 31, of the 5800 block of Belaire Circle in the Canyon Creek subdivision southeast of Granbury, died at the scene when he was thrown from his Suzuki motorcycle after it was struck from behind by a Toyota Camry on Mambrino Highway, according to Justice of the Peace Judy Watson. The accident was about half a mile east of Mambrino Baptist Church.

Nichols, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at 8:23 a.m. The crash was called in to 911 at 6:59 a.m.

Neither the woman driving the Camry, nor her teenage son, were injured, officials said.

DPS troopers investigating the crash site said that the motorcycle was slowing down to make a right turn off of Mambrino onto Will Walters Road.

A trooper said that the crash investigation was continuing, but that alcohol was not believed to be involved. He noted that it was still not yet daylight at the time of the crash, and there was a possibility that a malfunctioning tail light on the motorcycle could have been a contributing factor.

On Oct. 6, John Nelson Redwine, also age 31, was killed when his pickup left the roadway on Lipan Highway and rolled over. Redwine, a farmer and rancher, resided west of Lipan, just off Highway 281 in Palo Pinto County.

On Oct. 3, 80-year-old Gardens of deCordova resident Virginia Blade Martin died after a two-vehicle accident in the 3800 block of Highway 377 East in Granbury.

Obituary information for Nichols was not available by press time, and his funeral information is pending with Martin’s Funeral Home.

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