• July 21, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash after Police Chase in Brownsville, TX

Brownsville, TX — July 18, 2022, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash while evading authorities on FM 802 in Brownsville.

According to reports the incident happened just before midnight along FM 802 near San Marcelo Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests the rider took off on a Suzuki motorcycle after law enforcement attempted a traffic stop. The rider led officers on a "lengthy pursuit" through town, but lost control for unknown reasons near San Marcelo.

The bike overturned and the rider fell off. He was not wearing a helmet and hit his head, suffering serious injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on FM 802 in Brownsville

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 correctly understood. A big part of that context would be finding out why exactly the rider fled from police. Was it just a reckless choice made in the moment? Did the rider have something to hide, like drugs or active warrants? Or did he make unfortunate decisions while impaired?

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash after Police Chase in Brownsville, TX

That last one may sound like an accusation, but it's just considering one possible reason for the rider's actions. Most people are aware that judgment can be clouded when under the influence, and fleeing from police is someone in an abnormal frame of mind might decide to do.

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, I want to be clear that I'm not jumping to any conclusions about that. Alcohol's only one possible explanation of many and I don't claim to know the real story here. 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, he deserves the benefit of the doubt and his loved ones deserve every answer they can get.

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