John Paul Reyes Killed in Motorcycle Accident in Midland, TX
UPDATE (August 9, 2022): Sources have now identified the man killed in the accident John Paul Reyes. Right now, additional details about the crash itself remain unclear.
Midland, TX -- July 10, 2022, an Odessa man was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle crashed along Loop 250.
Initial reports indicated that the crash took place at around 11:50 p.m. along Loop 250 near Ric Drive.
According to officials, a 37-year-old Odessa man was on a Suzuki motorcycle traveling northbound on Loop 250. Somehow, the vehicle went off-road and crashed, ejecting the rider.
Due to the crash, the motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries. Reports mention no one else being involved. Alcohol is being considered as a possible factor.
Commentary on John Paul Reyes Motorcycle Accident in Midland
It's not unusual for authorities to consider alcohol following just about any late night crash. They may only be doing so here to be thorough, and evidence could show alcohol had nothing to do with the crash. That's why it's always important to ensure other possible factors, however unlikely they may seem, also get attention. But if alcohol was a factor, it tragically wouldn't be too surprising.
In fact, the Midland-Odessa area has just about the worst rate of drunk driving accidents per capita in the whole state. The reason this is significant is because there are a lot of bars and other venues out there contributing to crashes like this who never get their day in court.
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. This can be crucial for victims and families, yet the authorities rarely give it any attention.
Are steps being taken to consider that here, even if it's just to rule out those possibilities?