A Texas State Technical College student was killed Wednesday when she was struck by a motorcyclist on an Interstate 35 access road, authorities said Thursday.
Janette Curtis, 27, of Temple, was struck by a 21-year-old motorcyclist when she was putting gas into her car near the 4800 block of I-35, north of Crescent Street, at about 5:30 p.m., Lacy Lakeview Police Chief John Truehitt said. He declined to release the motorcyclist's name as he remains under criminal investigation for the fatal crash.
A TSTC official identified the motorcyclist as Harley McKinney.
Curtis was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center after the crash, where she was pronounced dead. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was also taken to the hospital with severe injuries, police said.
Witnesses told police the woman was parked on the shoulder of the access road and was using a portable gas container to put gas in her car, Truehitt said. The motorcyclist struck Curtis, a mother of three, while she was outside her vehicle.
"We have opened an accident investigation with a very experienced officer with experience in motor vehicle crash investigations," Truehitt said. "From all indications at this point, speed does not appear to be a factor, the weather does not appear to be a factor and the road was dry."
Traffic was moderate at the time of the crash, Truehitt said.
TSTC Provost Adam Hutchison tweeted condolences in regards to Curtis' death. He issued a statement to faculty and staff Thursday morning identifying Curtis as a culinary arts student and McKinney as an automotive technology student.
"The TSTC community is shocked and saddened by the news of the accident involving two of our students this evening," Hutchison wrote in the statement. "Janette and Harley are part of the TSTC family, and faculty, staff and administrators share in the grief of this tragedy.
"Our deepest condolences go out to Janette's family during this extremely difficult time. Our thoughts are also with Harley, who remains hospitalized, and we pray for his complete recovery. The college will coordinate for counselors to be available for employees and students."
McKinney remained in critical condition Thursday morning, hospital officials said.