Motorcyclist killed in NE Austin crash

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Northeast Austin Wednesday evening, according to police.

Austin police said the crash was at 6:19 p.m. in the 1100 block of Pearl Retreat Drive, near Parmer Lane. The motorcyclist was transported to Round Rock Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. 

Police said the man, later identified as Tracy Allen Dam, 48, was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m.

Police said initial assessments suggested that a 2015 red Ducati motorcycle was traveling southbound on Pearl Retreat Lane at a high rate of speed when it pulled up next to another vehicle traveling southbound and revved the motor. It was reported that the Ducati was traveling southbound in the northbound lane when it accelerated quickly, causing the front wheel to lift off the ground and jump the east curb.

The Austin Police Department reported that the motorcycle continued to travel onto the grass before crossing the street and hitting a fence on the west side of the roadway.

The APD said this case is still being investigated and asks anyone with more information to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576.

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