Police ID victim of fatal motorcycle wreck
BY BILL MILLER
FORT WORTH -- The man who died Thursday in a north-side motorcycle wreck was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and an aircraft mechanic assigned to Naval Air Station Fort Worth, a Marine spokeswoman said.
Cpl. Wayne Shearer, 21, of Holt, Neb., was stationed with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112, part of Marine Aircraft Group 41, at the NAS, said Sgt. Beth Zimmerman, the spokeswoman.
Shearer had served four years with the Marines and was a mechanic on the F/A-18 Hornet, Zimmerman said. He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Shearer, who lived at NAS Fort Worth, had been stationed there since April 2005, Zimmerman said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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The wreck was reported about 6:30 a.m. Thursday on Texas 170, also called Alliance Gateway, near the intersection with Old Denton Road. The area is about a half-mile east of the highway's intersection with Interstate 35W and about a half-mile southeast of Fort Worth Alliance Airport.
Witnesses told police that the 2002 Honda motorcycle, traveling west at a high rate of speed, struck the back of a tractor-trailer that had just turned west onto the highway from Old Denton Road.
The motorcycle burst into flames, said Sgt. Rodney Bangs, supervisor of the traffic investigation unit.
Shearer, who wore a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene, Bangs said.
The tractor-trailer driver later told police that he did not know the back of the rig had been hit, Bangs said. The driver continued south on I-35W, and had made it to Arlington when he heard a radio news report about the accident, the spokesman said.
The truck driver got out to check his trailer and saw damage consistent with a crash, Bangs said. He returned to Fort Worth and "was cooperating with the investigation," Bangs said.