19-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash while doing loops in W. Harris Co. parking lot

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Monday, September 6, 2021
Teen motorcyclist dies while performing tricks, deputies say
The 19-year-old was not wearing a helmet when he was thrown off his bike in a west Harris County parking lot, authorities said.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A young man is dead after he got into a motorcycle crash while riding around a parking lot in west Harris County.

Harris County sheriff's deputies received a call about a motorcycle accident around 9:40 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Jiffy Lube on Morton Ranch Road near Elrod.

Investigators say 19-year-old Gabriel Becker was performing circles in the parking lot when he hit an elevated area and lost control.

"He was kind of making loops around the parking lot," Sgt. Deshana Cheek said. "He went over an area of the parking lot that had a slight elevation. When he went over that area, he went airborne."

After Becker landed on his motorcycle, he lost control and was thrown from the bike. Deputies said he was not wearing a helmet.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It's always very important, anytime you're on a motorcycle, to always wear a helmet," Cheek said. "That helmet is your only protection."

Deputies said there was a group of friends with Becker at the time of the crash. They were the ones who called 911.

No one else was hurt.