A Sherman man was killed in Bells Monday night after the motorcycle he was riding left the roadway and crashed.


Bells Police Department Sergeant Justin Bachman said Timothy White, 39, was traveling along FM 1897, roughly one mile north of U.S. Highway 82, when he veered off the road shortly before 10 p.m. Bachman said White was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. He added that speed may have been a factor in the wreck.


“Based on where the vehicle ended up and the work from initial investigation, I would say he was going higher than highway speed,” Bachman said.


The Bells Police sergeant said no other vehicles were involved in the crash and that investigators found no evidence of an obstruction in the roadway or any skid marks. But Bachman confirmed reports that the stretch of roadway where the wreck happened had recently undergone repair work and that traffic lines marking the edge of the road had not yet been repainted.


“As a motorcycle rider myself, I can tell you it’s difficult to to see where the edge of the road is at night if there’s no line to indicate where the shoulder is supposed to be,” Bachman said.


Officials from the Bells police and fire departments, as well as the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene. Bachman said an autopsy and toxicology report have been ordered and that the investigation is ongoing.