Hamza Mohamed Killed in Motorcycle Accident in Ash Township, MI
Ash Township, MI -- June 1, 2022, Hamza Mohamed was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck and a motorcycle collided.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:00 p.m. along I-275 in the area of Telegraph Road.
According to officials, investigators said that 43-year-old Hamza Mohamed was on a Kawasaki motorcycle traveling along Telegraph. Ahead, police say a tractor-trailer merged onto Telegraph. Mohamed's motorcycle then crashed into the 18-wheeler.
Due to the collision, Mohamed sustained fatal injuries. Police say that Mohamed had a helmet on, and they do not think speed was a factor. Investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on Hamza Mohamed Truck Accident in Ash Township
These initial reports are more than a little concerning, though it should be made clear that the cause of this crash remains unclear. I certainly can't confirm anything not already in reports, but a truck merging in front of a motorcycle only for a collision to occur is a serious sign that the truck driver may have screwed up. Still, the simple fact this crash involves a motorcyclist will likely make things more challenging for a family in search of answers.
The reason for this is that a lot of people are quick to blame motorcyclists. I'll give you a clear example. I handled a situation a while back with details quite similar to these. In that situation, however, police eventually completed their reports by blaming the victim and saying a witness saw them recklessly weaving through traffic. When the family asked us to look into things, we made sure to speak with that witness, and it turned out police completely got things wrong.
The witness was shocked t see their statements so drastically misrepresented. All they told the investigating officer was that the motorcyclist passed them on the left, then changed lanes back to the right. There's nothing illegal or even risky about that maneuver. It was actually the truck pulling out of a parking lot that led to the crash.
So what happened? Well, it turned out an inexperienced rookie officer was left in charge of the situation, and they were too impatient in filing their reports, letting their own assumptions stand in the way of the facts. The department did revise their reports, but it took an independent investigation from a professional team of truck wreck attorneys to set the record straight.
With all of that said, though, it is at least encouraging authorities currently believe the victim had their helmet on and wasn't speeding. That could clear up the first two questions almost everyone asks when they read about something like this. Going forward, though, those details are only a small piece of the much larger picture victims and families have to put together if they want the resolution they deserve. Hopefully steps are being taken to ensure the right people look into things and get as much evidence as possible so that those responsible for this tragedy answer for their actions.