Andrew Luster Killed in Motorcycle Accident on MLK Blvd in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — July 5, 2022, motorcyclist Andrew Luster died in a traffic accident on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Houston.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:10 p.m. on the 6400 block of MLK at Southlea Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Luster was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle south at alleged high speeds; police say he was also weaving in and out of traffic. Ahead, an eastbound Dodge pickup truck pulled forward from the Southlea stop sign and entered Luster's path. The Kawasaki hit the back of the pickup in the intersection.
Luster was ejected from the bike in the collision and suffered critical injuries. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The pickup driver, unhurt, remained at the scene and was found not to be impaired. They were released after questioning.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Andrew Luster Accident in Houston
People are often too quick to blame motorcyclists when they get in crashes, overlooking the context of an accident and focusing instead on how many wheels the vehicle had. There's an unfair tendency to view all riders as reckless daredevils, and that kind of motorcyclist certainly exists they're not all that way.
That's why it's important to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt and keep in mind that they aren't the final word on what happened. Other details might still get uncovered, or current ones might have greater influence than they seem.
For instance, while reports mentioned the rider was allegedly speeding and weaving through traffic, it seems as though the other driver failed to yield when passing through the stop sign. Traffic on MLK doesn't have to stop at Southlea, so if the pickup pulled into the motorcycle's path that would seem to be the other driver's fault.
That doesn't mean I'm trying to pin the whole thing on the pickup driver. I'm just pointing out that most crashes are actually due to multiple factors, which is why it's crucial to investigate carefully and thoroughly. Only facts and evidence can and should tell the story of what happened in Houston, so let's hope investigators are making the effort to find them all.