Helmet likely saved motorcyclist's life in crash, official says

March 6, 2012 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.

A 19-year-old Yorktown man was taken to a hospital after wrecking his motorcycle near the intersection of U.S. Highway 87 North and Castillo Road about 6:55 p.m. Tuesday.

Dillan Jacob was traveling at a high rate of speed on a Kawasaki Ninja bike when his cowboy boot became stuck underneath a foot peg, according to Trooper Stephen Gray of the Texas Department of Public Safety. When Jacob attempted to free his boot, he approached the back of a vehicle and swerved, falling off the bike. The bike became lodged in the trailer in front of him, and Jacob slid into the grass, Gray said.

He was taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro, where he was in surgery about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Motorists said the motorcycle was traveling at least 80 mph, Gray said. The speed limit was 70.

The case is under investigation, and Gray is considering issuing Jacob a citation for failure to control speed.

Gray said Jacob's leather jacket and helmet likely protected him from more injuries.

"The helmet saved his life," Gray said.



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