Sixty-one year old Guadalupe Lopez of Premont passed away Tuesday night from injuries he sustained during a vehicle accident.
Police were notified that an accident on the 3000 block of South Highway 281 had occurred and rushed out to the scene. When police arrived they observed an 18-wheeler with a load of cattle parked across the highway facing east and Lopez, who was operating a motorcycle, underneath the semi-truck motionless, according to the police report.
Paramedics were called and they immediately began to administer medical attention. Due to Lopez's severe injuries he was transported to the local hospital were he was pronounced dead.
According to police, the driver of the 18-wheeler had just loaded up the trailer with cattle from the auction barn, pulled out onto the highway and was struck by the motorcyclist.
Department of Public Safety troopers arrived on the scene to assist in the investigation. They administered a breathalyzer test on the driver of the semi-truck; the test was negative, according to the police report.
A search of the semi-truck by police did not find any drugs or alcohol either.
The cattle were returned to the auction barn.
Police met with Lopez's family at the hospital. Lopez was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.