Alexander Salas Killed in Denton, TX Motorcycle Accident on Dallas Drive
Denton, TX — August 27, 2022, 22-year-old motorcyclist Alexander Salas died in a collision with a pickup truck on Dallas Drive in Denton.
Reports say the incident happened around 3:45 p.m. Saturday on the 1400 block of southbound Dallas Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Salas was riding a motorcycle in the area when he collided under unknown circumstances with a Chevrolet Silverado truck.
Salas was fatally injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Alexander Salas Accident in Denton
I'm often troubled after accidents where the victim was riding a motorcycle. I've handled many such crashes over the years and I've learned that riders often get short-changed by both the public and investigators.
Whether people realize it or not many of them have some unfortunate biases toward motorcyclists--biases that make them see most riders as reckless daredevils, even if there's no specific evidence suggesting that was the case in a wreck. Law enforcement sometimes falls prey to that thinking as well, meaning that officers may decide too quickly that a rider was to blame. Clearly that kind of reflexive finger-pointing can be a problem for innocent riders and their loved ones in the aftermath of these crashes.
I'm not saying motorcyclists can't make mistakes or that police will be unfair to the victim in Denton. All I'm saying is that folks can sometimes fall victim to misunderstandings, which can make them overlook or shrug off important details. In reality most accidents are quite complex, and finding the whole truth usually goes better if experienced and unbiased independent investigators are the ones doing the looking. Will the necessary steps be taken here to find the full story?