Daniel Jensen Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Raguet Street in Lufkin, TX
Lufkin, TX -- May 21, 2022, 56-year-old Daniel Jensen was killed in a late-night motorcycle accident on North Raguet Street in Lufkin.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:50 p.m. along North Raguet by the Big's convenience store. Preliminary investigation suggests Jensen was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on the road when he lost control for unknown reasons. The bike left the road, hit a guy-wire and a curb, then crashed into a gas pump at the Big's.
Jensen, reportedly not wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Investigators learned from other riders he may have been trying to catch up to them when the accident happened.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Daniel Jensen Accident on Raguet St in Lufkin
It's not unusual for there to be few details available about a serious wreck so soon after it happens. However, waiting around for authorities to release more information may not be the most prudent course. The fact that the crash involved a motorcyclist only raises further concerns about whether or not the incident will really get the attention it deserves.
Motorcyclists often get short-changed due to public misconceptions that all of them are reckless. A few bad apples in the bunch mean many riders are unfairly associated with "daredevil" behavior by default, meaning the Lufkin victim's family may have to deal with claims that he was speeding or impaired even if there's no evidence to support that. To overcome that kind of bias they usually need clear evidence telling the real story--the kind of evidence most often found by thorough independent investigations rather than a cursory police once-over.
Unfortunately police don't always have the time, equipment, or training needed to find the objective facts that tell the real story. If only law enforcement looks into the accident important details may slip through the cracks, which in the case of motorcycle crashes often results in the rider being unfairly blamed. I've seen many reports blame motorcyclists only for our experts to follow up and learn they did nothing wrong. A second look may be necessary here as well to ensure the victim gets the benefit of the doubt and the full story is known.