• July 27, 2022

John Mund Killed in Motorcycle Accident on FM 1567 in Hopkins County, TX

Hopkins County, TX — April 21, 2022, 29-year-old John Mund was killed in a motorcycle accident on FM 1567 in Hopkins County.

According to reports the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 1567 near County Road 2435. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-150 pickup was traveling east on CR 2435 approaching FM 1567 as Mund was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on FM 1567 toward the same intersection.

Reports say the pickup driver started to turn left into the path of the motorcycle; Mund, allegedly speeding, took evasive action but couldn't avoid the pickup and crashed into it.

Mund was ejected from the bike in the collision and suffered fatal injuries. Blood tests later showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .111, over the legal limit of .08.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on John Mund Accident in Hopkins County

I have no specific reason to doubt the story as investigators told it, but I can't help but feel like they had it in for the victim here. Specific mention was made of the victim's speed, his "faulty evasive maneuvers," and his alleged impairment, and yet the other driver's failure to yield was mentioned only in passing and didn't get listed as a contributing factor.

People aren't always aware of the pile of misconceptions motorcyclists tend to face just for choosing two wheels over four. It's a widely-held belief that every rider is a reckless daredevil, and even one with a clean record still gets accused of all kinds of things if he gets in a crash.

John Mund Killed in Motorcycle Accident on FM 1567 in Hopkins County, TX

Am I suggesting police got it completely wrong here? Not at all. Motorcyclists can and do make mistakes the same as anyone else, and blood tests seem to show that the rider was past the legal limit for intoxication--which most would agree is a mistake. That detail actually means someone else might have made a mistake too, as a local business might have violated dram shop law by over-serving the victim.

What I'm getting at here is that most crashes are more layered and detail-oriented than the broad strokes of a police report would make someone think. Investigators saying the victim was wrong on all fronts clearly ignores the part played by the person who didn't yield to passing traffic, and also may be glossing over the role of a local alcohol vendor. That's why it's important not to take preliminary reports as gospel truth and instead make sure that someone with the time and training to do the job right looks into it.

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