William Ryan Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Towering Oaks Drive in Bryan, TX
UPDATES (August 19, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as 67-year-old William Ryan.
Bryan, TX — August 10, 2022, one person died in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Towering Oaks Drive in Bryan.
Reports say the incident happened shortly before 10:00 p.m. on the 2500 block of Towering Oaks Drive. Investigators only reported that a motorcycle crashed in the area and the rider was dead when police arrived at the scene.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on William Ryan Accident on Towering Oaks
After an single-vehicle crash like this I'm concerned that people will be much too quick to blame the victim. That's especially true after motorcycle wrecks, as it's a commonly-held (yet often mistaken) feeling that all riders are reckless daredevils by default. Even law enforcement sometimes has similar biases, and I've seen far too many police reports that unfairly blamed bikers before all the facts were known.
I'm not saying it's impossible the rider just made some kind of mistake that led to the crash. Further investigation might suggest he speeding, or distracted, or even impaired (not that I'm prematurely accusing him of drinking). However, it's also possible the wreck was out of his hands and the bike hit a bad patch of road or malfunctioned somehow.
Every possible contributing factor should be considered, even the less-likely ones. After all, how many people blamed the victims of the infamous GM ignition switch defect before everyone learned that a poorly-manufactured part in millions of vehicles was responsible for those wrecks? The rider deserves the benefit of the doubt and their loved ones deserve to know every effort was made to find the whole story.