Gordon Elmore Killed in Armstrong County, TX Motorcycle Accident
Armstrong County, TX — July 29, 2022, motorcyclist Gordon Elmore was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 287 in Armstrong County.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:25 a.m. on US-287 near County Road 21, east of Claude. Preliminary investigation suggests Elmore was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on the highway when he lost control in a curve for unknown reasons. The Harley passed through the roadway into the median, then overturned and rolled multiple times.
Elmore, wearing a helmet at the time, was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered critical injuries. He was taken by ambulance to an Amarillo hospital where he later died.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Gordon Elmore Accident in Armstrong County
After single-vehicle wrecks some folks tend to assume the driver must have done something wrong. Is that common? Sure. Things like distraction, speeding, and impairment are always worth checking into, and any or even all of them could theoretically have contributed to this accident. Alcohol in particular would be important to check on, because if it was involved a local alcohol vendor might be responsible for the victim's tragic injuries.
Having said that, though, just because some causes are common doesn't mean any of them can be taken for granted. For example, I'm not saying alcohol was involved just because it may be investigated as a possibility--just one of many that should be considered. Other things like mechanical defects in the bike, road hazards, medical emergencies, and even other vehicles that fled the scene must also be properly investigated.
If nothing else, taking steps to ensure a crash is properly understood is crucial for everyone affected by it. It's important to find answers for people trying to come to grips with the loss of a loved one, and I doubt the Armstrong County accident is any different. Will law enforcement treat this matter with the care it deserves, or should independent investigators look again on behalf of the victim's family?