Patrick Roth Killed, Mira Brown Injured in Motorcycle Accident on FM 770 in Hull, TX
UPDATE (June 10, 2022): The victims of this accident have been identified as 30-year-old Patrick Roth and his passenger, 32-year-old Mira Brown. The occupants of the pickup, later identified as driver Edrick Armstrong and passenger Carous Bronson, were unhurt.
Hull, TX — June 8, 2022, a man died and a woman was injured when a motorcycle crashed with a construction truck on FM 770 in Hull.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on FM 770 near the Liberty-Hardin county line. Preliminary investigation suggests a road construction truck with a trailer was southbound on the roadway when the driver started to turn eastward. As it turned, a Hyosung motorcycle traveling behind it attempted to pass on the left and crashed into it.
The motorcycle's operator was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger was airlifted to a Houston hospital for treatment of critical injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on FM 770 in Hull
People may read the reported details of this accident and say that, while tragic, it appears to mostly be a matter of a failed passing maneuver. Further investigation might conclude something to that effect, but it's important not to jump to any conclusions before all the facts are in.
For instance, there seem to be some lingering questions still: How fast were both vehicles traveling before the truck started to turn? Did the truck's driver signal before turning? If so, how far away from the turn did they signal? When the truck approached the turn did the driver brake suddenly, or did they slow gradually as they approached?
I know how those questions may come across, but I'm not trying to point fingers. I just know from many years in this field that people tend to blame motorcyclists for crashes even when more investigation would show they were victims of circumstance. This could be another crash like many others where the rider made an unfortunate and costly choice in the moment, but before anyone decides that it's important to learn all the facts and understand the whole picture. Will police be thorough enough to get that, or would someone looking closer on the victims' behalf find more answers?