Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on Hardin Store Road in Magnolia, TX
Magnolia, TX — July 5, 2022, a 26-year-old motorcyclist died in a crash while attempted to flee police pursuit on Hardin Store Road in Magnolia.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. when a local deputy saw a Kawasaki motorcycle speeding north along Hardin Store Road. The deputy activated his vehicle's lights and the rider accelerated away, reaching reported speeds up to 130 mph.
The pursuit continued until the motorcyclist reached FM 2978 where a passenger car pulled into his path. The bike crashed into the car at speeds estimated to be around 100 mph and was ejected, suffering fatal injuries in the wreck. He was pronounced dead at the scene; no other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Hardin Store Road in Magnolia
Even if there was a police chase involved here, it's important to consider the broader context of the crash to be sure it's totally understood. A big part of that context would be finding out why exactly the rider fled from police. Was it simply a poor choice made in the moment? Did the rider have something to hide, like drugs or active warrants? Or could he have been intoxicated and making unfortunate decisions while under the influence?
That last one may sound like an accusation, but it's just considering one possible explanation for the rider's actions. Most people are aware that judgment can be clouded when under the influence, and fleeing from police at high speeds doesn't exactly sound like a choice made in a normal frame of mind.
If the rider was intoxicated that might change the nature of the investigation as well, since a local business might have over-served him and could then be liable for his fatal injuries under dram shop law. However, alcohol's only one possible explanation of many and I'm not claiming to know which is the real story. I just hope investigators do everything they can to get to the bottom of the accident; whatever the rider's motivations for fleeing from the law, his family still deserves every answer they can get.