• September 01, 2022

Justin Norman Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Idalou Rd in Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, TX — August 25, 2022, 31-year-old Justin Norman was fatally injured in a traffic accident on Idalou Road in east Lubbock.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. at the intersection of Idalou and 16th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests that 84-year-old Elijah Austin was driving east on 16th when he stopped at the Idalou intersection, then pulled forward. He allegedly failed to yield while entering Idalou and the Chevy collided with Norman's southwest-bound Yamaha motorcycle.

Norman was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries and died there on Tuesday, August 30.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Justin Norman Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Idalou Rd in Lubbock, TX

Commentary on Justin Norman Accident in Lubbock

If reports have their facts straight it seems like the victim was just minding his own business and headed down the road when someone failed to yield and the crash occurred. Some may think there's little else to say aside from possibly handing out charges, but it's important to find out exactly why the other driver pulled forward at the wrong time. Was he unable to see the approaching bike? Is that area poorly lit, or does the intersection have blocked sightlines? Is signage present and clear at the crossroads? Was anything wrong with the pickup's driver--was he tired, distracted, or impaired, for example? Could something have malfunctioned in the truck and made it roll forward on its own?

I know that the most likely explanation for what happened here is a simple but costly lapse in judgment or attention, but before anyone points fingers it's always best to get all the facts and see what story they tell. Unfortunately, police sometimes reach "good enough" conclusions and look no further so it's often necessary for independent investigators to have another look. Will that happen here?

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