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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Van Zandt County Motorcycle Fatal on May 28, 2023

Number of Vehicles in Crash:  1           Number of Injured: 0                  Number Killed: 1


Date & Time: 5/28/2023 at 2:30 PM.

County: Van Zandt.

Location: US Highway 80, .2 miles west of Fruitvale, Texas.

Posted Speed Limit: 60 mph.

Weather Condition: Cloudy.

Road Conditions: Dry.



Vehicle 1: 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle.


Driver 1:

Tommy Wayne Stites, male, 55 YOA from Baytown, Texas.

Helmet worn: No.

Pronounced by: Justice of the Peace Scott Shinn, on scene.




Preliminary investigation indicates Vehicle 1, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling west on US 80.  Vehicle 1 was traveling at an unsafe speed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.  Vehicle 1 left the roadway striking a guardrail. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated By: Trooper C. Lunceford- DPS Canton



A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days. 





Sergeant Christopher Williamson

Texas Department of Public Safety

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