• September 28, 2022

Shawn Blakeslee Killed in Motorcycle Accident on US-281 in Comal County, TX

Comal County, TX — September 17, 2022, 37-year-old Shawn Blakeslee died in a motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 281 in Comal County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on US-281 near Uecker Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Blakeslee was riding an Indian motorcycle north on the highway near Uecker Road when he lost control for unknown reasons. The bike ran off the east side of the road and rolled.

Blakeslee, allegedly not wearing a helmet, was ejected in the rollover and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Shawn Blakeslee Accident in Comal County

Police only noted "failure to maintain a single lane" as a known factor here, but also noted that intoxication might be involved. They collected samples for toxicological testing, but until those results come back it's best not to jump to conclusions.

At this point no one can say for sure what specifically caused the wreck or the victim's fatal injuries. For all anyone knows it could have been something far more unusual than drinking or speeding. Mechanical problems in the motorcycle, poor road conditions causing a loss of traction, or even a medical emergency could have sent the bike off the road, and that's just a few possibilities of many.

Shawn Blakeslee Killed in Motorcycle Accident on US-281 in Comal County, TX

I don't want to overcomplicate things. Further investigation could still show the wreck really boils down to loss of control as police suspect, or alcohol could have played a role as they also suggested. If tests confirm the second suspicion, that could also mean a local business violated dram shop law and might be liable for the victim's fatal injuries. It's an important detail to look into both to help the victim's family and to hopefully prevent a negligent business from further endangering its customers and community.

In the meantime, though, I hope police don't focus so much on some possibilities that they neglect others. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless objective evidence says otherwise, and his loved ones deserve every real answer they can get.

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