Coleman Ewing Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Business I-20 in Midland County, TX
Midland County, TX -- December 29, 2020, 28-year-old motorcyclist Coleman B. Ewing was killed in a crash with a pickup truck in Midland County.
According to authorities, the incident happened just before 4:00 p.m. on Business Interstate 20, roughly a quarter-mile east of Midland. Ewing was reportedly riding a 2016 Indian motorcycle west behind a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 pickup driven by 54-year-old Steven B. Paz. Investigators say the pickup slowed in the roadway to make a left turn and Ewing did not control his speed, crashing into the back of the truck.
Ewing was pronounced dead at the scene. He was reportedly not wearing a helmet. Paz was uninjured in the crash.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Coleman Ewing Motorcycle Accident in Midland County
Any time a motorcycle is involved in a crash, a certain kind of person is quick to heap all the blame on the motorcyclist without a second thought. I wouldn't argue against the point that many crashes are based on operator error, but some people interpret that as all motorcyclists are reckless. Nothing could be further from the truth--if anything, many of them become hyper-conscious of safety because they aren't protected by airbags or seat belts.
When looking into this accident, investigators will hopefully take a careful look into additional factors like road hazards or a malfunctioning in the motorcycle that might have kept Mr. Ewing from braking. Moreover, is it not possible that Mr. Paz applied his brakes abruptly and Ewing just didn't have time to stop?
The only fair way to arrive at a conclusion about what happened is through a thorough investigation. That's why crashes like this are best handled by independent accident reconstructionists. Experienced professionals are generally better at making sure the facts, rather than negative bias, have the final word.