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Spring woman dies from injuries in motorcycle crash
Polk County Enterprise - June 2009
GOODRICH – A female passenger has died from injuries sustained when she and the motorcycle driver were thrown from it after hitting uneven pavement on U.S. 59 in front of the Goodrich Post Offi ce Monday night. Jennifer Lee Hazlett, 38 of Spring, died at 1:15 p.m. Thursday in a Houston Hospital, according to Sgt. Nita Bowen with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Bruce Gilchrist, 56, of Porter was driving a 2001 Honda Goldwing motorcycle southbound in the inside lane when he attempted to move to the outside lane to pass another vehicle, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Ramey Bass.
The outside lane had recently been resurfaced, he said, leaving the pavement about two inches higher than that on the inside lane. When the motorcycle struck the higher pavement it began to fl ip and roll, ejecting both the driver and his passenger and causing them both to lose their helmets. Gilchrist, listed with nonincapacitating injuries, was transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital. A hospital spokesman said he is in serious condition with head trauma. He is a reserve deputy with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Offi ce. The passenger, a 38-yearold female from Spring, was more critically injured and was transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital prior to being fl own to Hermann, Bass said. No charges have been fi led in connection with the accident, which occurred at 9:05 p.m.