Biker dies from crash injuries

HARLINGEN — Family and friends say David Salinas, a motorcyclist who was struck by a suspected drunken driver, died Friday night.

Police say the 29-year-old Salinas, of Harlingen, was hit by Taylor Nicole Ramirez, 23, early Tuesday morning at the intersection of Loop 499 and East Grimes.

Officers say Ramirez was driving a white 2015 Honda Accord when she struck Salinas as he was riding his yellow Kawasaki motorcycle and stopped at the intersection.

Police say at the crash scene Ramirez displayed signs of intoxication.

After undergoing field sobriety tests, she was arrested and taken to the city jail.

Investigators say she refused to provide a breath sample and was taken to the hospital for a blood test as part of Cameron County’s “No Refusal” policy.

Police said Ramirez is now facing a new charge.

She initially was charged with third-degree felony intoxication assault and a Class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.

The case will be sent to the District Attorneys Office for an “enhanced” charge, Officer Larry Moore, a police department spokesman, said.

She could possibly be charged with intoxication manslaughter, Moore said.

Her initial bond was set at $32,000.