Stephen Erwin Killed in Motorcycle Accident on FM 439 in Bell County, TX
Bell County, TX — June 18, 2022, 64-year-old motorcyclist Stephen Erwin died in a collision with an SUV on FM 439 in Bell County.
According to reports the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. on FM 439 near Chalk Lane, just outside Nolanville. Preliminary investigation suggests Erwin was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on the road when a Toyota 4Runner turned left out of a private drive and entered his path. The two vehicles collided in the roadway.
Erwin was pronounced dead at the scene. The Toyota driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Stephen Erwin Accident on FM 439 in Bell County
Police interviewed about this crash took the opportunity to remind people to keep an eye out for motorcyclists while driving--good advice, too often ignored or forgotten. Many riders have paid a heavy price when other drivers treat their motorcycles more like nuisances than vehicles.
This wreck seems to be due to little more than a moment's carelessness, but a moment's all it may take. I talk a lot on this blog about the importance of awareness behind the wheel, and that certainly extends to watching out for motorcyclists as well. Hopefully this tragedy will at least help some people recognize the importance of sharing the road properly.