Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tuscola (S. of Abilene), TX, USA
Motorcyclist killed in deer strike
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Following report in Abilene, TX newspaper
A Mitchell County Justice of the Peace was killed late Wednesday or early Thursday when his motorcycle hit a deer on Farm Road 821.
Pat Taylor, 50, was riding his 2003 Suzuki motorcycle home from a meeting in Big Spring Wednesday evening, Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs said.
Taylor was wearing a helmet but was thrown from the motorcycle when he apparently swerved to miss the deer but couldn’t avoid it, according to reports from the Department of Public Safety, which is investigating the crash. Taylor was very conscientious about motorcycle safety and always wore a helmet and jacket to ride, Toombs said.
His body was found early Thursday morning by an oil field employee on his way to work, Toombs said. He was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning by Howard County Justice of the Peace Bennie Green. FM 821 is south of Interstate 20 between Colorado City and Big Spring in Howard County.
Taylor joined the Colorado City Police Department in July 1982, according to Reporter-News archives. Taylor was appointed chief in 1997, succeeding David Montgomery, newspaper clippings show.
He stepped down as chief to work as an investigator in the department before retiring last year to become a JP, said Toombs.
“He’s done an excellent job (as JP),” Toombs said. “I was glad to work with him. He was doing real good.”
Mitchell County Judge Ray Mayo said Taylor’s death came as a shock to the community.
“It’s a big shock ... he was a well-thought-of individual in the community,” said Mayo, who knew Taylor for more than 20 years. “I worked with him (Wednesday) and when I said ‘goodbye,’ I expected to see him (Thursday). It’s just a tragedy.”
Taylor is survived by two adult children, a daughter who lives in Bowie and a son who lives in New Zealand, Toombs said.
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