• March 23, 2022

Jessie Wright Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Highland Blvd in San Angelo, TX

San Angelo, TX -- March 5, 2022, 30-year-old Jessie Wright was injured in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Highland Boulevard in San Angelo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:10 a.m. on Highland at South Hill Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Wright was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Hill when he reportedly failed to control the vehicle's speed and laid it down on its side. The bike skidded through the "T" intersection with Highland and off the other side, where it caught on a dirt mound and flipped over.

Wright was ejected when the bike overturned, hitting his head on landing. The bike then landed on top of him. He suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Investigators suspected Wright was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jessie Wright Accident on Highland Blvd in San Angelo

UPDATE (April 22, 2022): Later investigative reports about this crash indicate the victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .145, suggesting he was legally intoxicated at the time. I don't say that to judge him or to launch into some lecture about drunk driving, but if alcohol was a confirmed factor that may change how the wreck should be addressed.

As I mentioned previously, alcohol-related accidents sometimes involve holding the businesses that over-serve it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law such a business may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the injured victim--even when the only person hurt is the over-served customer.

Unfortunately, finding evidence of dram violations isn't really a priority for police. It's often better for injured victims to work with independent investigators to secure the needed proof of over-service. Unless they're confronted about their negligence, many bad bars aren't likely to see any need to change their ways. For the public good as well as to help crash victims it's best to ensure those businesses see the error of their ways.

Jessie Wright Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Highland Blvd in San Angelo, TX

ORIGINAL: Police mentioned intoxication as a possible cause for the rider's loss of control and crash. I have no specific reason to doubt that assessment, but I also have no specific reason to believe it--at least not until clear evidence like blood tests can say one way or the other.

However, those tests take a while to run. In the meantime, are police putting all their eggs in that basket or are they looking into other possible explanations as well? It seems unfair to the victim to reach a premature conclusion and then refuse to budge. What if the bike just hit a wet patch of road, or a part failed on it? Could the victim have had some kind of medical problem that incapacitated him and caused his loss of control? What if an animal ran onto the road and he just tried to swerve hard away from it?

I'm not saying alcohol isn't a possible explanation. People have an unfortunate tendency to operate vehicles while impaired despite its risks, and this could be another example. If that turns out to be the case, things are potentially still more complex than they may seem. In Texas and many other states people hurt in DWI accidents--including the drivers and riders themselves--may have legal recourse against the businesses that sold them alcohol. Under dram shop law an alcohol vendor (bar, nightclub, store, restaurant, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any injuries that person causes or suffers while under the influence.

With blood test results still pending it's too early to say conclusively whether alcohol was even involved, much less whether a local business broke the law by pouring too much of it. However, the possibility bears keeping in mind just in case there's a bar out there that's prioritizing bigger bar tabs over safety. That negligent behavior has to be stopped whenever it rears its ugly head. If an injured crash victim can get some much-needed help in the process, that's even better.

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