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Motorcyclist dies after wreck near Bloomington

By Sonny Long
Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.
Updated Oct. 24, 2012 at 5:24 a.m.


Alan Sandberg was a technology nerd with a big heart.

Sandberg, 59, of Victoria, died Tuesday morning following a crash on his motorcycle on state Highway 185 at Matchette Road, near Crescent Valley.

"He was a warm man, a loving man. He'd do anything for anyone," said Sandberg's son Clint Sandberg. "He had a steady hand, a warm heart, a good shoulder and a good listening ear."

Clint said one of his father's greatest attributes was his ability to encourage others.

"He was always full of praise," said the younger Sandberg. "He found it easy to find words of encouragement and to tell someone he was proud of them."

Sandberg rarely drove the Yamaha to his job as a senior engineer in the technology department at DuPont, where he had worked for 35 years, said Trudie Sandberg, his wife of almost 20 years.

"He was a technology nerd. That's what he did. He was a chemical processing computer technician," said his wife.

Away from work, Sandberg, a grandfather of four, attended Fellowship Bible Church in Victoria with his wife.

"He was a strong Christian," she said. "He loved God. He loved life."

Sandberg, who liked to travel in the couple's spare time, also enjoyed working on their property near Austin.

"He liked to tinker there," his wife said.

The crash occurred about 7:25 a.m., when a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban pulled onto the highway and Sandberg could not avoid hitting it, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant.

"There was 30 to 40 feet of skid marks from the motorcycle," said investigating Trooper Stephen Gray. "He went down and hit the left rear tire of the Suburban. It was at least a 65- to 70-mph hit."

Sandberg was wearing a helmet, said Gray.

Winston Byrd, of Victoria, the driver of the Suburban, was taking two children to school, said the trooper.

Sandberg was taken by Victoria Fire Department ambulance to Citizens Medical Center.

"I got a call from the hospital that he had been rushed to surgery with liver damage," Gray said.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:35 p.m., said Gray, who is continuing to investigate the crash.

Trudie Sandberg said her husband was a giving man.

"He would do anything for anyone," she said. "He had a servant's heart."

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