• May 16, 2022

John DeLaGarza Killed in Motorcycle Accident on US-281 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (May 17, 2022): The motorcyclist killed in this accident has been identified as John Abram DeLaGarza.

San Antonio, TX -- May 15, 2022, a motorcyclist died in an early morning single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 281 in downtown San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 1:40 a.m. along US-281 near Hildebrand Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on the highway when he allegedly failed to negotiate a curve at Hildebrand. The motorcycle left the travel lanes to the east and hit the edge of the Hildebrand overpass retaining wall. Reports suggest the rider was ejected in the collision.

Responders transported the victim to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on John DeLaGarza Accident on US-281 in San Antonio

UPDATE (November 15, 2022): Investigators later added blood-test results that showed the crash victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .273 at the time. I mention that with no judgment, but at over three times the legal limit investigators should consider it as a possible contributing factor to what happened on US-281. If it's partly responsible for the victim's tragic passing, there may be more to investigate.

For example, depending on where the alcohol came from that night a local business may be partly responsible for the damage done. Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while under the influence. Not every DWI crash involves a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important step--one too often neglected by police--when ensuring everyone who played a part is held accountable.

John DeLaGarza Killed in Motorcycle Accident on US-281 in San Antonio, TX

ORIGINAL: There isn't much information about what happened here, but it's important to make sure experienced professionals handle the investigation. Unfortunately certain biases against motorcyclists can lead some folks to blame them even in situations where they didn't do anything wrong. Reports about the crash above say the rider may have lost control in a curve, but it's not clear why and I hope nobody decides to point undeserved fingers while police keep connecting the dots.

Many folks tend to assume that motorcyclists are all reckless daredevils. While plenty of those riders exist, many others who travel safely and with care are still blamed for crashes where the evidence--had anyone bothered to find it all--would actually have shown they were the victims. What if the road was wet and he lost traction? Could someone else have run the bike off the road? Did the motorcycle blow a tire or have some kind of mechanical failure? That's just a few of many possibilities where the rider wouldn't be to blame, and each deserves careful attention.

Being thorough and letting the facts speak for themselves is crucial after an accident like this. The victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story. Will authorities ensure they have it before the books are closed?

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