Robert Wayne Thorson II Killed, 1 Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Conroe, TX
Conroe, TX -- May 29, 2022, Robert Wayne Thorson was killed and one person was injured after a motorcycle accident.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:30 p.m. in the area of McCaleb Road and Highway 105.
Preliminary reports said that Robert Wayne Thorson, who goes by Wayne, was on a motorcycle with one other person. Somehow, the motorcycle ran off-road on a curve, crashing through a ditch.
Due to the crash, sources say that Thorson succumbed to fatal injuries. The woman also on the bike was said to have critical injuries.
Authorities have yet to confirm a cause for the crash.
Commentary on Robert Wayne Thorson Motorcycle Accident in Conroe
I certainly can't speculate on what did or didn't happen here anymore than others reading these reports. I certainly wouldn't want to. But a concern I always have with tragic events like this is whether or not they're getting the attention they deserve. Quite frankly, when people see a motorcycle run off-road suddenly, they're likely to assume the motorcyclist was being reckless. Making sure investigators are more prudent than this is crucial for victims and their families affected by these wrecks.
There is an all too common negative bias against motorcyclists. A lot of people immediately envision riders going at high speeds, driving down shoulders, weaving through traffic, and otherwise being reckless daredevils. In reality, I know for a fact from the dozens of families I've helped that motorcyclists are often incredibly safe, especially considering how the average driver simply has no regard for the smaller vehicles.
For that reason, independent investigations are often necessary to ensure no one is jumping to conclusions or immediately blaming the victims without actually looking at the facts. Could this have happened due to something like speed, fatigue, or alcohol? Certainly. Could it also be the result of road hazards, mechanical issues, or some other reckless driver that left the scene? Absolutely. The key going forward is making sure the investigators in charge will let the evidence speak for itself without any kind of baseless bias standing in the way.