Cheyenne Thompson, One Other Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Paramount Blvd in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX -- April 9, 2022, 25-year-old Cheyenne Thompson and another person were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Paramount Boulevard in Amarillo.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. on Paramount near southwest 26th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Thompson was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle headed north on the roadway when the operator lost control for unknown reasons. The bike slid on the roadway and hit a nearby curb, throwing both the operator and Thompson off. The bike then continued some distance on its side, crashing through a fence and coming to rest in the parking lot of a nearby property.
Thompson and the motorcycle's operator both suffered serious injuries in the crash and were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Investigators say neither were wearing helmets.
The operator was suspected of DWI and blood samples were reportedly collected for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Cheyenne Thompson Accident on Paramount Blvd in Amarillo
If blood test results confirm that intoxication was a factor here as police suspect, there may be more to this crash than people think--including finding out whether another party should be held accountable for it.
The law understands that someone can make a mistake while still considering whether anyone else did too. In the case of alcohol-related accidents, that may mean that a local business should be held accountable for over-serving a driver before he crashed. Under Texas dram shop law, alcohol vendors who over-serve an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for damages the customers cause--including to themselves, though more often to others--while under the influence.
This law helps people hurt in DWI crashes (including the drivers in solo wrecks) seek much-needed help with their recovery. Moreover, it makes sure law-breaking bars and stores face proper consequences for reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most businesses follow the rules, but the ones who don't endanger their customers and the greater public. If drunk drivers face tough consequences for their choices, so should the businesses that got them that way in the first place.
So if it's such a serious and illegal thing to do, does that mean law enforcement will trace the alcohol back to its source? Unfortunately I doubt it. Police rarely look into dram shop violations despite how important it is to put an end to them. To be sure that bad bars face consequences of their own it's often best to work with independent investigators in search of the necessary proof to hold them accountable.
With all that said, though, impairment's only a theory unless blood tests say otherwise. Investigators shouldn't fixate so much on it that they neglect other possibilities. The motorcyclist could simply have lost control at too high a speed, because the road was wet or had loose debris on it, or because the bike had some kind of mechanical failure, just to name a few other considerations. The crash has plenty of other explanations that deserve proper attention and the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless evidence ultimately shows otherwise. If he or anyone else should be held accountable, it's important to find the necessary proof.