Shannon Barrios Killed in Motorcycle Accident on I-10 in Beaumont, TX
Beaumont, TX — May 29, 2022, 54-year-old Shannon Barrios was killed in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 10 near downtown Beaumont.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 7:25 p.m. on the 700 block of I-10 East near Grand Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Barrios was riding a motorcycle east in the inside lane when he lost control for unknown reasons. The bike crashed into the center median's barrier wall, ejecting Barrios. He traveled over the wall and into the westbound lanes where he was hit by a pickup truck.
Barrios suffered fatal injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Shannon Barrios Accident on I-10 in Beaumont
Something I contend with a lot on this blog is how quickly people jump to blame motorcyclists after a serious crash. They just assume all riders are reckless daredevils risking their own lives. I know from experience, however, that they're just as often the victims of people in much larger vehicles not keeping an eye out for motorcyclists around them. Plenty of riders are sent off-course trying to avoid drivers who never even realize they caused a crash.
That may not be what happened here, but my point is that it's unfair to just blame the rider out of the gate without a more thorough investigation. The bias against motorcyclists may lead people to miss important details in their rush to point fingers, and the victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story.