Alberto Martinez Killed in Motorcycle Accident in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- January 16, 2022, Alberto Martinez was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle crashed along San Felipe Boulevard.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 11:00 p.m. near the intersection of San Felipe Boulevard and McNeil Drive.
In their reports, officials said that 51-year-old Alberto Martinez was on a motorcycle traveling southbound along San Felipe. The motorcycle somehow struck the curb, causing the motorcycle to fall over and eject Martinez.
Martinez sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Right now, authorities have not given additional details about the crash.
Commentary on Alberto Martinez Motorcycle Accident in Austin
After a serious crash like this, one of my main concerns is always whether or not the incident is getting the attention it deserves. This is true with just about any kind of crash, but one involving a motorcyclist only makes me more concerned. This is because a lot of folks--even the authorities--are quick to assume that the motorcyclist did something wrong. There is a common negative bias against motorcyclists, and it can lead people to automatically blame someone without actually considering the facts.
Now, is it more likely that a single-vehicle wreck involved some kind of reckless driving, such as speeding or drunk driving? Absolutely, and those factors warrant investigation. But investigators must also consider less likely possibilities, such as mechanical issues, tire failure, or even other reckless drivers who left the scene. Are those steps being taken here? If nothing else, the victim's loved ones deserve to know they're getting the full story rather than some officer's gut instinct of what they think happened.