• April 18, 2022

Rogelio Cantu Killed in Motorcycle Accident on TX-6 in Houston

UPDATE (April 25, 2022): Sources identify the victim of this crash as 48-year-old Rogelio Cantu.

Houston, TX -- April 16, 2022, a motorcyclist was killed in a traffic collision with an SUV on State Highway 6 in west Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:50 p.m. on the 2200 block of South TX-6 near Piping Rock Lane. Reports only indicate right now that a Honda motorcycle was traveling on the highway at alleged high speeds when it collided with the back of a stopped Nissan Pathfinder at the Piping Rock intersection.

The motorcyclist suffered critical injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he died a short time later. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

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UPDATE (May 18, 2022): Blood tests later showed the victim of this crash had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .106 at the time of the crash. I don't say that to tarnish his name and that's nowhere near the numbers we often see after similar accidents, but it does mean the victim was past the accepted legal limit for intoxication. Knowing that may change how the accident's aftermath should be addressed.

As I mentioned before, alcohol-related crashes sometimes involve holding the businesses that serve it responsible for the damage their customers cause or suffer while impaired. Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar or a restaurant is prohibited by law from selling or serving drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. It's unclear whether the victim would have shown clear signs of impairment when so close to the legal limit, but the possibility must still be carefully investigated in case a business should be held accountable for the damage its over-service caused.

Despite that, dram violations receive little attention from police. That's why it's often best for victims and families to seek help from independent investigators who know what proof to look for and how to get it. With receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by negligent over-service have held businesses accountable for failing to live up to their legal obligations.

Rogelio Cantu Killed in Motorcycle Accident on TX-6 in Houston

ORIGINAL: Without a proper investigation into the El Paso crash some folks may just assume the rider was somehow acting reckless. Indeed, it stands out in these early news reports that only the SUV driver was supposedly cleared of driving drunk. That's not to say police found evidence the motorcyclist was intoxicated, only that they weren't mentioned as "not suspected."

Statistically speaking a Saturday night crash close to midnight is a time where many people are impaired, so it wouldn't surprise me if Houston police--particularly sensitive about DWI accidents due to how many Harris County tends to have--might look more closely at that. Depending on what they find the investigation might get a little more complicated since a local bar or other alcohol vendor could also be partly responsible for the rider's tragic passing under dram shop law.

However, that's putting the cart before the horse. Investigators still have many possible contributing elements to look into just to get a handle on what actually happened on Highway 6: Driver-related issues like distraction or impairment must be considered, yes, but also problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements could have influenced or even caused the wreck. Properly evaluating all the accident's variables is essential to learning the truth of the matter. Evidence could still be found that confirms the rider just made a mistake here, but in my experience it often takes more thorough independent investigations to ensure a rider's loved ones get the answers they need.

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