• May 13, 2022

Kenneth Weaver Killed in Hit-and-Run on US-90 in Beaumont, TX

Beaumont, TX -- September 7, 2021, 74-year-old Kenneth Weaver was killed when a car hit his motorcycle in a hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 90 in Beaumont.

Authorities say the incident happened at the intersection of US-90 and Main Lane. Investigators believe Weaver was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on the highway when a northbound
Mazda vehicle driven by 37-year-old Brittian Kerr failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled from Main into the motorcycle's path. The vehicles collided in the roadway; after the impact Kerr reportedly drove away without stopping or rendering aid.

Weaver suffered critical injuries in the accident and died a short time later in a Beaumont hospital. Kerr and the Mazda's passenger were unhurt.

Recent reports say Kerr was arrested on May 11, 2022, and charged with failure to stop and render aid resulting in death.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kenneth Weaver Accident on US-90 in Beaumont

I don't write this blog to add personal criticisms about people who are in trouble with the law. Criminal matters are between the suspects and the authorities. Instead, I want to talk about the importance of being thorough and understanding the whole context of an accident. Even so long after the fact, all reports really say is that there an accident fatally injured someone and the person that caused it allegedly left the scene. That could be all there is to consider, but there could also be other issues that might still affect the victim's loved ones.

Kenneth Weaver Killed in Hit-and-Run on US-90 in Beaumont, TX

For example, one common factor in hit-and-runs is drunk driving. It's not a factor in every one of those incidents, but in many it's eventually learned that a driver fled the scene because their judgment was compromised by alcohol at the time. In those instances a local alcohol vendor may be considered responsible for the damage those hit-and-run drivers due under dram shop law, which says bars or other sellers of alcohol may be liable if their over-served clients cause or suffer harm.

Reports about the suspect's arrest don't have anything to say about dram shop violations, and some may think that's too hard to verify so long after the fact. However, a skilled investigator could still seek out evidence from the day of the crash like credit card receipts or security camera footage and see if the suspect was over-served somewhere. Unfortunately police rarely make it a point to chase that information down, so if it's possible that intoxication played a role in what happened then an independent investigation may be needed. At worse they don't find anything, but it's always best to look for as many answers as possible for the people affected in these tragic crashes.


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