Justin Summerlin Killed in Motorcycle Accident on FM 1097 in Montgomery, TX
UPDATE (June 15, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 34-year-old Justin Summerlin.
Montgomery, TX -- May 7, 2022, a 34-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an afternoon crash on Farm to Market Road 1097 in Montgomery.
Reports say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on FM 1097 near Buffalo Springs Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Suzuki motorcycle east on the roadway when he crashed into a Ford Expedition that was turning into a nearby parking lot.
The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet but suffered fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Justin Summerlin Accident in Montgomery
It's always a shame to read about a fatal crash, but I feel a measure of further concern when it involves a motorcycle. Even when they're the victims, riders don't always get a fair shake after these accidents.
I've seen too many incidents where investigators didn't give a motorcyclist the benefit of the doubt and just blamed them out of certain inherent biases against supposed "daredevil" riders. In fact, I handled a case recently where police grossly misinterpreted a witness's account of a crash and blamed the involved motorcyclist on their report, only for us to talk to the witness ourselves and find out what he said didn't match up at all with what they wrote. We had to set the record straight to make sure the right people were held accountable for that accident.
None of this is meant to say someone on a motorcycle can't make a mistake. This might yet prove to be another example of that, but that can't be known for sure unless a more careful investigation is conducted. How many other victims were unfairly blamed mostly because of their choice of vehicle? That's a big concern after wrecks like the one in Montgomery where little is known. Hopefully steps are taken to find the whole truth of this accident; at the very least the victim's loved ones deserve the full story.