Anthony Fernandez Killed, 1 Injured in Accident on Highway 105 in Conroe, TX
UPDATE (December 3, 2021): Reports identified the man killed in the accident as 40-year-old Anthony Fernandez. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Conroe, TX -- October 7, 2021, one person was killed and another person was injured due to an accident where two motorcycles crashed on Highway 105.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 7:45 p.m. along Highway 105 at the Crockett Martin Road intersection.
In their reports, police said that witnesses and video evidence showed two motorcyclists traveling eastbound on the highway. From oncoming lanes, a pickup made a left turn into the nearby gas station. One of the motorcyclists went through a yellow while the other reportedly ran the red light. The second motorcyclist crashed into the side of the oncoming pickup at the gas station entrance while the first motorcyclist fell over.
The second motorcyclist, an unidentified person, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The other motorcyclist had non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Anthony Fernandez Accident in Conroe
Just to be clear, I have no reason to doubt these reports. I always take preliminary allegations with a grain of salt, but I wouldn't start jumping to conclusions without more thorough investigations. With that said, a lot of folks commenting on this tragic event are all too pleased to simply criticize the victims. I understand this. If the allegations here are true, then it's possible some pretty serious mistakes led to this crash. With that said, it would shock folks to see how many crashes involve multiple factors--some of which are easily avoidable, and some which are far more complex and worth further investigations.
Let me give some examples. For one, would most folks agree that driving drunk is incredibly irresponsible and dangerous? Absolutely and without question. But there is a unique area of the law called Dram Shop Law where alcohol providers can also be responsible for a victim's injuries if the business over-served the drunk driver while they were obviously intoxicated. Just throwing all the blame on one person when there could be a local business putting the community in danger wouldn't really be that helpful. All parties should be held responsible for their part in a serious accident, should they not?
Another thing that stands out to me is where this crash happened. Most folks put all the focus on the motorcyclists here, but a few people in the comments took the time to lament just how many accidents happen here. In fact, I've written several articles about crashes that happen a this particular intersection. Could it be, then, that there are some improvements that need to be made? Do officials need to rethink the speed limit? Increase signage or lighting? Again, that's another possible factor police may not be looking into.
That's why my suggestion is never to overlook the actions that victims take leading up to a crash. My position is simply to address all the contributing factors and make sure any problems get the attention they deserve. Whether or not that gives people an opportunity to get the help they need will become clear once all the facts come to light. .