Nacogdoches man dies after being thrown from motorcycle

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man, who was a former DPS trooper and son of a deceased well-known community leader, died Tuesday night after being thrown from his motorcycle in a wreck, according to a Nacogdoches Police spokesman.

Arthur Ryan Koonce, 31, was driving his 2004 Victory Vegas motorcycle northbound on a private drive on 2000 Northeast Stallings Drive, a half-mile north of Starr Avenue, when he ran into 1995 Toyota Four Runner driven by Paul Darden, 59, of Nacogdoches, which turned into the private drive but apparently failed to yield the right row to Koonce, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Sowell said.

Koonce was thrown from motorcycle. He was not wearing his helmet, Sowell said. He died later at a Nacogdoches hospital.

Darden was not injured in the wreck. Sowell said the wreck is under investigation.

Koonce was the son of the late David Koonce, a former human resource director with the City of Lufkin. Koonce also worked at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for 18 years. He died in October of 2008.

Koonce went to DPS academy with his brother several years ago. He was self-employed.