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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Three motorcyclists in a long motorcade were injured after they were struck by a woman they said was texting and driving, something the woman denied and Fort Worth police did not confirm.

Craig Murphy was one of the more than 60 members of the Fort Worth Harley Owner’s Group, or Fort Worth HOG’s, heading to Cornerstone Assistance Center for a tour.

The group had recently donated $20,000 to the charity and were heading to the facility for a tour, when police say a woman driving a minivan struck three bikers.

Police say the female driver hit a wall, which made her airbag deploy, restricting her vision.

Then there was a second impact.

“She hit the exit ramp divider and then bounced literally one and a half lanes over and began to hit the motorcycles in the center lane,” said Matt Zavadsky, a member of the Fort Worth HOG’s and a paramedic for MedStar.

Craig Murphy, a former Fort Worth Police officer, was in the back of the pack when he saw what happened.

“We believe that she was possibly texting and driving,” he said.

Two of the victims hit were hospitalized with minor injuries, but friends said Harold Barton was seriously injured.

He remains at John Peter Smith Hospital in stable condition with several broken bones.

Matt Zavadsky, who is a part of the Fort Worth Harley Owner’s group, a paramedic with Medstar, helped friends who were injured in crash.

“So those of us that are Medstar personnel we went right into patient care mode. The police department folks were helping protect the scene and calling 911.

We were able to communicate direct information to the Medstar dispatcher,” explained Zavadsky

Friends of Harold Barton said the helmet he was wearing saved his life.

She was treated and released for minor injuries.

Currently there are no pending charges against the driver.

Texting and driving is not illegal in Fort Worth.

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