• July 23, 2021

Ethan Foster Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 69 ALT near Pryor, OK

Pryor, OK -- July 22, 2021, 30-year-old Ethan Foster was killed when his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer on Alternate State Highway 69 near Pryor.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on OK-69 Alt at Stretch Film Way, roughly two miles east of town. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Foster was riding a motorcycle in the area when he collided with an International 18-wheeler at the intersection of the highway and Stretch Film Way.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Ethan Foster Accident on ALT-69 near Pryor

There isn't much to go on here as authorities continue to investigate the cause and circumstances of the collision. I wouldn't want to jump to any conclusions without more information. Unfortunately, some folks out there may not feel the same sense of restraint. One thing that always concerns me is how thorough investigations really are after a fatal motorcycle wreck; put simply, there's a common bias against motorcyclists that can lead to faulty conclusions being drawn.

Ethan Foster Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 69 ALT near Pryor, OK

Many people tend to think of motorcyclists as reckless even though most riders are highly safety-conscious--often more so than car and truck drivers since they are without the benefit of airbags or  seatbelts. Beyond that, riders must generally use extreme caution because many other drivers fail to keep a proper lookout for them. Despite this, people tend to look at reports like this and immediately focus on the possibility that the motorcyclist was speeding or reckless, rather than the possibility that the truck driver failed to yield or some environmental factor sent the motorcycle off-course. I'm making no accusations or statements about any of those possibilities, but simply recognizing that right now anything is possible and nothing is proved.

Until evidence is found one way or the other, no one can safely or surely say what happened. Unfortunately, I've seen numerous cases where even the investigating authorities let some negative bias affect their investigations. Only after more thorough independent efforts did the truth come to light. Will further efforts above and beyond those of law enforcement prove necessary? At the very least, leaving a devastating crash like this up to chance likely isn't the best idea when the victim's family deserves answers.

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