Gabriel Flores Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Harlingen, TX
Harlingen, TX -- June 7, 2022, Gabriel Flores was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:46 a.m. along Expressway 77/I-69E near H Street.
Officials said that 41-year-old Gabriel Flores was on a Harley Davidson traveling northbound along the expressway. Reports say that the motorcycle lost control while passing an 18-wheeler, causing the bike to collided with the trailer tires, ejecting Flores.
Due to the accident, Flores sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. No further information about the accident is available at this time.
Commentary on Gabriel Flores 18-wheeler Accident in Harlingen
There isn't much information about what happened here, but the reports seem to suggest that the victim simply hit a tractor-trailer while trying to pass it. Maybe it's as simple as that--I certainly don't know more than what's in the reports. But it's important to be thorough and ensure experienced professionals are looking into things. That's especially true considering how unfair even authorities can be when it comes to motorcyclists.
I had this case not that long ago where a police report entirely blamed a motorcyclist for hitting a truck. Apparently a witness saw the victim swerving around traffic and speeding prior to the collision. The family was confused since they knew their loved one was an incredibly responsible rider that wouldn't behave like that. We are always thorough in our investigations, but that made us suspect something wasn't right. Further investigations showed that police completely got the facts wrong.
We went to speak with the witness mentioned in the reports, and his jaw hit the floor when he saw the reports. They didn't at all match what he said to the investigating officer. In a sworn statement to us, he testified that the motorcyclist simply changed lanes and went around him before then going back to the right--a perfectly legal, common maneuver. In fact, the witness testified to going below the speed limit when the motorcyclist passed him at apparently reasonable speeds. It was actually the truck coming out of a parking lot into the path of the motorcycle that ultimately led to the collision.
So what went wrong? Well, when we went to speak with police, it turned out they left a complete rookie in charge of the investigations. He didn't have any of the proper training or equipment, so he just assumed the motorcyclist was being reckless and completely misinterpreted the witness's statements. The supervising officer did correct the record once he saw our clear evidence, but it took a whole team of professional attorneys and independent investigators just to set the record straight, let alone hold the responsible party accountable for the victim's death.
Again, I am not saying that happened here--I don't know anything more about this crash than what's in the reports. But that's exactly my point. There could be any number of factors contributing to this crash which these reports don't touch on. Were there other vehicles involved? Was the truck changing lanes or drifting out of its lane? How fast were the vehicles going? Did police speak to multiple witnesses, or just the surviving truck driver? Do they have physical evidence or video footage that can shed light on all of this? If nothing else, there's a family out there in need of answers. Experience makes me doubt these reports are really going to get them the closure they deserve.