• June 20, 2022

Saveion Lewis Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Eastex Fwy in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX — June 18, 2022, motorcyclist Saveion Lewis died in a collision with another vehicle on the Eastex Freeway in Harris County.

According to reports the incident happened Saturday afternoon along the Eastex Freeway near Hooper. Preliminary investigation suggests Lewis was riding a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle south on the freeway at alleged high speeds when he lost control and hit the rear-left quarter of a nearby Toyota vehicle.

The impact caused the bike to rebound and it crashed into a concrete barrier. The Toyota also lost control and hit the east barrier, then spun out and stopped on the shoulder.

Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. The Toyota driver and her passenger were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Saveion Lewis Accident on Eastex Fwy in Harris County

Police mentioned speeding as a possible factor here, which is certainly a common issue in all sorts of collisions. My concern, however, is how investigators reached that conclusion here and whether they truly gave the victim the benefit of the doubt to which he is entitled.

Quite frankly, motorcyclists get a bad rap as reckless daredevils no matter how safe the majority of them are. As a result, some investigators are too quick to assume a rider did something wrong without actually verifying the facts of a given crash. I've seen plenty of cases where police immediately said a rider did something wrong only for something else to eventually be called the proximate cause of a wreck.

Saveion Lewis Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Eastex Fwy in Harris County, TX

To be crystal clear, I'm not accusing the Toyota driver of any wrongdoing here. I only mean that extenuating circumstances--bad road conditions like water or debris, a mechanical failure in the bike, or even just one vehicle or the other nudging too close to the lane dividing line--could have contributed to what happened. Pinning everything on speeding without digging deeper for all the facts seems premature.

That's why I frequently suggest independent investigation after most crashes. The best way to avoid personal opinions about motorcycles getting in the way is by finding the clear and indisputable facts of the matter, then letting them tell the story. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the whole truth.

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