• May 19, 2022

Amber Lynn Bennett Killed, Cole Crowder Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Clay County, TX

Clay County, TX -- May 16, 2022, Amber Lynn Bennett was killed and Cole Crowder was injured after an accident where their motorcycle crashed.

Investigators said that the incident took place at around 11:00 p.m. outside of Wichita Falls near US 287 and FM 2393.

In initial reports, authorities said only that 20-year-old Amber Lynn Bennett and 21-year-old Cole Crowder were on a motorcycle traveling on the highway. Police say they believe the motorcycle lost control, following which a vehicle hit Bennett in the roadway.

In more recent reports, however, Crowder reportedly said that a car went into the motorcycle's lane and eventually hit the motorcycle, causing it to lose control. Reports do not say if the incident was a hit-and-run or not.

Bennett succumbed to fatal injuries due to the crash while Crowder was said to have serious injuries. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Amber Lynn Bennett, Cole Crowder Motorcycle Accident in Clay County

Amber Bennett, Cole Crowder Motorcycle Accident Clay County, TX

With these more recent reports, it seems there may be more complex factors here than initial reports suggested. I'm sure a lot of people read those initial reports and just thought, "Typical reckless motorcyclist." The fact of the matter is a lot of people are quick to blame motorcyclists, believing them all to be reckless daredevils. Yet time and time again, folks come to me with situations where it was clear a larger vehicle with a driver not paying enough attention crashed into them or otherwise caused them to crash. Is that what happened here? Did police speak to this other driver? Could it be that alcohol led to the collision? Maybe the authorities here continue to diligently look for these answers, but it wouldn't be too surprising if getting those answers required more thorough investigations from unbiased professionals.

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