• August 05, 2022

Vicente Ortiz Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on E Frontage Road in Alamo, TX

UPDATE (August 8, 2022): The rider who died in this accident has been identified as 29-year-old Vicente Ortiz Jr.

Alamo, TX — August 4, 2022, a motorcyclist died in an early-morning accident along East Frontage Road in Alamo.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. on East Frontage Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcycle was traveling east on the roadway when a dog entered its path. The driver swerved away from the animal and the bike crashed.

The rider was lying in the roadway after falling off the motorcycle when an an elderly woman approached in another vehicle and ran him over. She stopped to render aid but the rider died at the scene.

The case remains under investigation but no charges are expected.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Vicente Ortiz Jr. Motorcycle Accident

Police say the victim of this accident swerved off-course when a dog got in his way. I have no reason to doubt that, but I can't help but wonder if that's the whole story. Long experience with may kinds of accident has taught me that they're often combinations of many different factors and can't (or at least shouldn't) be blamed on a single thing.

That's why it's so important to learn all the particulars of a crash--its specific details, which law enforcement doesn't always bother to get. How far away was the rider when the dog entered the road? What's visibility and lighting like in the area? Was the rider awake, alert, and paying attention at that early hour? Where was he before he went on that ill-fated ride?

Vicente Ortiz Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on E Frontage Road in Alamo, TX

Those and many other questions need clear answers before anyone can say for sure what happened in Alamo. Unfortunately, police may be ready to just chalk the whole thing up to a wildlife encounter and a tragic follow-up accident with another vehicle. If they just wash their hands of the matter, independent investigation may be needed to fill in the remaining blanks and get real answers.

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