• April 14, 2022

Suren Espinoza Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Buckner Blvd in Dallas, TX

UPDATE (May 5, 2022): The motorcyclist killed in this accident has been identified as 30-year-old Suren Espinoza Jr.

Dallas, TX -- April 14, 2022, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car on Buckner Boulevard in southeast Dallas.

Authorities say the incident happened just after midnight in the area of Buckner and St. Francis Avenue/Eastpoint Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling north on Buckner, possibly at high speeds, when a Volkswagen Jetta pulled into its path from Eastpoint while trying to turn south. A witness said the VW driver failed to yield at a stop sign and the motorcycle hit the front of the car.

The victim was ejected and suffered critical injuries. He was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The car's driver was unhurt.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Suren Espinoza Jr. Accident on Buckner Blvd in Dallas

Authorities don't seem to know yet exactly why this crash happened the way it did. Mention was made of the motorcycle possibly speeding, but it seems as though the rider had the right-of-way and the car should have yielded to him before turning. There's still a lot of missing details, and that's always concerning to me after a motorcycle accident because experience has shown me a lot of people are quick to blame the rider. Even police sometimes get in on the act, assuming the rider was speeding or without looking for evidence one way or the other. Even more troubling, in this instance they apparently collected blood samples to test for intoxication--but only from the victim, not from the person who ran a stop sign.

Suren Espinoza Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Buckner Blvd in Dallas, TX

When things get taken for granted or biases get in the way, important details go unnoticed or are omitted from reports because they don't fit the story. That's one of the many reasons I prefer to get independent investigators involved. Trained experts with the equipment and the time to do the job right would also look into the basics like speeding or distraction, but they'll also consider unlikely circumstances such as mechanical issues, road defects, tire blowouts, and even medical conditions. Maybe nothing particularly unusual happened here, but don't the victim's loved ones deserve to know they have the whole story?

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