• February 16, 2022

Jason Estes Killed in Crash after Police Chase on FM 920 in Parker County, TX

UPDATE (March 14, 2022): Reports have identified the motorcyclist killed in this accident as 45-year-old Jason Estes.

Parker County, TX -- February 15, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a crash after a short police chase on Farm to Market Road 920 in Parker County.

Authorities say the incident began around 1:00 a.m. along FM 920 and ended near Johnson Bend Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist passed a Parker County Sheriff's Deputy at approximately 100 miles per hour, prompting the deputy to pursue him. When the deputy caught up to the Suzuki motorcycle, the rider turned around on the roadway and traveled south instead, increasing speed to 130 or 140 mph in an effort to escape the deputy. He reportedly started to turn onto Johnson Bend Road when he lost control and crashed into a telephone pole.

The rider was ejected from the motorcycle in the crash and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jason Estes Accident on FM 920 in Parker County

Obviously when figuring out what happened here it's critical to learn why the rider fled from the deputy in the first place. Due to his tragic passing it's not possible to question him directly, but a prudent investigator will look at the greater context surrounding the accident for clues. For instance, it would probably be helpful to find out where the rider was prior to the chase. Depending on what investigators learn about that, the crash may be handled somewhat differently.

If the victim simply made an unfortunate impulsive decision in the moment, that would be one thing. If this was like many other accidents that begin the same way, though, it may eventually be discovered that the driver was impaired in some fashion.

Jason Estes Killed in Crash after Police Chase on FM 920 in Parker County, TX

Statistically speaking many drivers try to flee from police because their judgment is clouded, most often by alcohol. In their compromised state they believe a) they can outrun their pursuers and b) they're in far more trouble if they're caught driving while intoxicated. It's not the cause of every police chase by far, and I'm not saying I know for certain that was the situation in Parker County, but may times it's eventually learned a runaway driver simply wasn't thinking straight after leaving a bar for the night. If further investigation found that was true here as well, under dram shop law the establishment that sold or served the victim his drinks may have a legal obligation to make what amends they could to the victim's family.

To be as clear as possible, I'm not saying that alcohol was definitely a factor here. I only know that all serious wrecks require thorough investigation, even if some may be tempted to just blame the person who fled from police and call it a day. To ensure the victim's loved ones get whatever answers and help they can, first the proximate cause of his tragically-fatal injuries must be identified. When that's learned, it will then be important to use the avenues provided by Texas law to ensure all the right parties are held accountable.

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