Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on Hudson Bend Rd in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — September 16, 2022, one person on a motorcycle died in a crash with another vehicle on Hudson Bend Road in Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened just before midnight on Hudson Bend near La Hacienda Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Honda motorcycle south in the area with no lights on as a Lexus sedan was headed north nearby on the other side of the road.
The Lexus driver reportedly told investigators she pulled toward the center of the road to go around people walking in the northbound lane; as the Lexus straddled the two lanes the Honda motorcycle crashed into it. The bike then ran off the road and overturned on the grassy west shoulder.
EMS medics attempted life-saving measures on the victim at the scene but pronounced them dead soon after.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Hudson Bend in Austin
This accident sounds like a pretty complicated affair overall. On the one hand the oncoming driver reportedly entered partway into the victim's lane to go around some pedestrians--a risky thing to do in almost any circumstance. On the other, the victim was allegedly riding without lights on and investigators also noted a suspicion he had been drinking that night. Between both operators' risky choices, the pedestrians taking up space in the road, and whoever served the motorcyclist the alcohol he allegedly had that night, there may be plenty of fault to go around.
Hopefully police will be careful and thorough enough to untangle the whole thing and make sure all the right parties are held responsible for their contributions to the end of a man's life. It's only right that the whole story be learned and justice be done, whatever form that might take before all is said and done. If law enforcement doesn't plan to seek accountability from anyone (reports don't mention charges), then maybe independent investigators should look again and see what else the victim's loved ones can do.