A Dike man died Tuesday evening as a result of a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 67 at the county line. A second crash resulted in a woman being flown to an area trauma center after her vehicle overturned on County Road 3542 in Dike.
Franklin County officials and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers at 7:17 p.m. were dispatched to a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 67, four miles west of Mount Vernon near the Hopkins-Franklin County line.
Upon arrival they found a white male who had been thrown off his wrecked motorcycle. Troopers noted in their accident report that he had apparently lost control of the bike, causing the crash. The bike rider, identified as 37-year-old Jonathan Craver Offutt of Dike, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to DPS reports.
No further details regarding the fatal crash were available Wednesday morning.
The second crash was reported to Hopkins County emergency dispatchers at 5:20 p.m. as a one vehicle crash with one entrapment and what was thought to be three occupants. Hopkins County and Dike firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and troopers, and Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to County Road 3525.
Witnesses and vehicle occupants at the scene reported that the driver of the overturned vehicle, Nikki Robinson, had just left a residence with Josh Curtis. As she was pulling out of the driveway, the vehicle went into the ditch, then struck a mailbox. The vehicle veered across the road and overturned as it left the road and struck a fence. Three witnesses reportedly pushed the car over the fence into the field behind it to prevent it from pinning the woman beneath it, according to witnesses.
A medical helicopter landed in the field near the crashed vehicle, and Robinson was transported to an area trauma center for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Curtis appeared to have sustained only minor injuries. A cut on his forehead and lacerations on his leg were visible.
— Information about the Dike crash contributed by News-Telegram Photographer Luis Noble
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