Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on N. Zaragoza Road in El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX -- February 12, 2022, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with another vehicle along North Zaragoza Road in El Paso.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. on the 3100 block of North Zaragoza. Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist was traveling north on the roadway, allegedly speeding and weaving through traffic and possibly doing a wheelie, when he collided with a Hyundai vehicle that pulled into the traffic lanes from a private parking lot.
The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries in the collision. The Hyundai driver received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on N. Zaragoza Rd in El Paso
I wouldn't be able to say what happened here any more than any other person reading these reports, but I do have experience with motorcycle wrecks and that causes some concern any time a crash like this happens. I often come across situations where authorities don't give them the attention they deserve, content instead to blame a motorcyclist for some kind of reckless behavior (such as speeding, weaving through traffic, and attempting various stunts).
A lot of people give motorcyclists the short end of the stick after incidents like this, which it can be a big problem if those riders' loved ones try to seek help after a crash. Am I saying motorcyclists are never to blame for their accidents? Not at all. I'm only saying that it's unfair to them to make any such assumptions before a more thorough investigation is conducted. Maybe the victim was being as reckless as reports say in El Paso, but maybe he wasn't. My concern is making sure the investigators are professional enough to actually let the facts, rather than any biases, tell the story. Waiting around to see if the police in charge of this can exercise that discretion may not be the most prudent path forward.