• July 01, 2022

Dakota Boger Killed in Motorcycle Accident on US-287 near Palestine, TX

Palestine, TX — June 29, 2022, 28-year-old motorcyclist Dakota Boger died in a traffic collision on U.S. Highway 287 near Palestine.

According to reports the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on US-287, roughly a mile south of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Boger was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on the highway behind a Ford Escape. Boger allegedly tried to pass the SUV on the left in the center turn lane, but the Ford also moved left to make a turn into a nearby driveway.

The motorcycle crashed into the car in the turn lane, then overturned and rolled to the right. Boger was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. The Ford driver was treated and released at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dakota Boger Accident on US-287 near Palestine

Motorcyclists often get short-changed by the public and investigators when they crash. It's not that they can't make mistakes, obviously, just that they tend to get blamed for crashes because folks associate motorcycles with reckless behavior. Maybe they saw bikers racing one another down a highway or maybe they've just read too many articles about reckless riders, but either way a lot of people harbor some pretty nasty biases about motorcyclists and how they behave on the road.

Dakota Boger Killed in Motorcycle Accident on US-287 near Palestine, TX

The news says the motorcyclist tried to pass the SUV illegally on the left, even as the SUV moved left to turn. Maybe that's the whole story, but as I always say it's best to be certain and take nothing for granted. To be sure the full story is learned police should also look into other potential factors like road conditions, malfunctions in the bike, whether the Ford driver was aware of the motorcycle, and other issues. None of that is meant to complicate things or point fingers, just to be sure the whole truth is known and nobody gets unfairly blamed if the crash wasn't really their fault.

The real takeaway here is that most wrecks aren't as cut-and-dried as a few sentences in the news might make them sound. The best way to be sure the victim's family gets answers is to be careful and thorough while investigating. Will law enforcement handle the crash with the care it deserves?

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