• September 26, 2022

Teen Dirt Bike Rider Killed in Accident at 130th and Ave P in Lubbock, TX

UPDATE (October 4, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as a 15-year-old boy. It is our sad duty to report the teen later died of the injuries he sustained in this accident.

Lubbock, TX — September 25, 2022, one person was seriously injured when a dirt bike and a flatbed truck crashed on 130th Street in Lubbock.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. on 130th Street/FM 1585 at Avenue P. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was riding a Yamaha dirt bike in the area when they may have disregarded a stop sign and collided with a flatbed truck towing a trailer at the intersection.

The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Lubbock Dirt Bike Accident on 130th St

Motorcyclists and teens both tend to get short-changed by public opinion when they crash. It's not that they can't make mistakes, but folks end up quickly blaming them because they associate both young drivers and motorcyclists with reckless behavior. Put those two categories together in this case and it's likely that many conclusions were jumped to by both investigators and readers. That could cause serious problems for the young victim's loved ones if they seek answers and help after this accident.

Ryder McDonald Killed in Dirt Bike Accident at 130th and Ave P in Lubbock, TX

The news says the victim may have run a stop sign, but it can't definitively say why. I'm sure police are trying to figure that out, but as they connect more dots it's important not to assume what picture they'll make. They must still look into potential factors like road conditions, malfunctions in the bike, whether the truck driver was aware of the motorcycle, how fast both vehicles were traveling, and other possible issues. None of that is meant to complicate things or point fingers; it's just important to learn the whole truth and ensure nobody is unfairly blamed.

The real takeaway here is that most wrecks aren't as cut-and-dried as a few sentences in the news might make them sound. The best way to be sure the victim's family gets answers is to be careful and thorough while investigating. Will law enforcement handle the crash with the care it deserves?

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