Motorcyclist killed in major crash on SH 130 in Georgetown identified

FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A motorcyclist is dead after being involved in what was described as a major crash on State Highway 130 in Georgetown.

The rider has been identified as 50-year-old Johnie Ray Franklin of Hewitt, Texas. An investigation and witness accounts revealed Franklin was riding at a high rate of speed southbound when he came up on traffic slowing due to a vehicle fire ahead.

Franklin was unable to stop in time and hit the back and side of a vehicle, and was thrown into the back of a second vehicle.

The city of Georgetown warned drivers at the time that the southbound lanes of the toll road were closed at County Road 152 — not far from Interstate 35 — following the crash at around 7 p.m.

Franklin was pronounced dead at 8:03 p.m. at Seton Medical Center Williamson. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash.

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