• July 25, 2022

Rodney Trawick Killed in Motorcycle Accident on I-45 Feeder in Montgomery County, TX

UPDATE (August 16, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 56-year-old Rodney Trawick.

Montgomery County, TX — July 23, 2022, a motorcyclist in his 50's was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the Interstate 45 feeder road in Montgomery County.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on the southbound feeder near Farm to Market Road 1488. Preliminary investigation suggests the rider was on a southbound Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he tried to pass another vehicle and hit a raised curb.

The rider was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Rodney Trawick Accident in Montgomery County

One of the biggest problems with preliminary reports is how many gaps there are in the story they're able to tell. I'm not coming down on them for not having more details than what police feed them, but that often means that right after these crashes people try to fill in a lot of blanks for themselves.

Take the motorcycle accident above, for example: I see some commenters already assuming the worst of the victim, saying he was reckless or speeding or drunk. Are those possible? Maybe, but taking any of them for granted isn't fair.

Rodney Trawick Dies in Montgomery County, TX Motorcycle Accident on I-45 Feeder

It's important to consider all possible factors if only to ensure the victim's loved ones get the answers they deserve. Operator error is something investigators will have to look at, but for all anyone knows right now the bike could have hit a bad patch of road or blown a tire. Another vehicle could have cut him off and made him swerve. Even if alcohol was a factor as commenters guessed, maybe a local bar over-served the victim and should be held accountable for it under dram shop law.

The takeaway here is really that drawing premature conclusions, while sometimes tempting, isn't right or fair. Getting real answers takes careful and thorough investigation, which I hope law enforcement will use to find the truth. If they don't plan to invest the time or effort to do the job right, maybe independent investigators should have another look.

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