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Motorcyclist killed by accident debris

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A motorcyclist died Thursday morning after an unusual accident just north of White Rock Lake.

Utility workers had shut down the right lane of eastbound East Northwest Highway between East and West Lawther Boulevard.

Though there were cones in the right lane along with a flashing yellow arrow sign on a trailer, a 19-year-old man in an SUV plowed through the cones and struck the arrow sign, sending it tumbling into the center lane.

That SUV driver was not seriously hurt, but as he got out of the car to check out the damage to his car, the accident created a backup behind him.

Police say about 2:50 a.m., a motorcycle driver in the backup decided to cut around the other cars and drive past them -- but didn't see a piece of metal debris sticking out of the broken arrow sign.

The debris struck the motorcyclist in the face as he drove past, causing him to crash. Though he was wearing a helmet, the metal bar shattered the man's face shield and caused major injuries.

The motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital where he later died. His name has not yet been released.

Police are investigating the if the 19-year-old who originally caused the accident in his SUV was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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