Ricardo Rangel Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Loop 1604 in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (September 9, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as Ricardo Rangel. The circumstances of Rangel's accident are still under investigation.
San Antonio, TX — September 2, 2022, a motorcyclist was discovered dead on the grassy roadside of Loop 1604 in Far West San Antonio.
Authorities say the victim's motorcycle was first noticed by a passerby around 3:00 a.m. on Loop 1604 near West Military Drive. The rider was soon discovered nearby.
Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist was riding a Harley-Davidson FLH south on the loop when he lost control for unknown reasons. The bike went off the roadway into the grassy median, then onto the access road ramp. Police say the man then lost control was ejected during an uncontrolled skid.
The rider, believed to be in his 40s, suffered fatal injuries. Police are still trying to determine how long he was in the grass before he was spotted.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ricardo Rangel Accident on Loop 1604
Clearly there's a lot of investigating left to do before anyone understands exactly how this tragedy occurred. How did the rider lose control? Did he hit something in the road, or maybe swerve sharply to avoid it? Did someone cut him off? Was he awake, alert, and paying attention to his surroundings? Did something go wrong with the bike--a malfunction, or maybe a defective part? What were visibility, weather, and road conditions like in that area at the time?
That's just a handful of the many questions that still need clear answers. Police are likely to address some of them as they continue their investigation, but experience has shown me they may stop far short of filling in all the blanks before they wrap up. They'll put together a rough sketch of what happened and then since there's no one to arrest they'll probably move on. To be sure the victim's loved ones get the answers and help they need and deserve, it may be necessary to have independent experts take a closer look.