• September 28, 2022

Cornelius “Niel” Siemens Loewen Killed in Truck Accident in Brownfield, TX

Brownfield, TX -- August 13, 2022, Cornelius "Niel" Siemens Loewen was killed following an accident where his vehicle collided with a truck.

Information suggests that the crash took place on Seagraves Highway/US 62 at Reppto Street at around 11:30 p.m.

According to officials, 22-year-old Cornelius Siemens Loewen was on a motorcycle traveling southbound along the highway. Statements claim that Loewen did a wheelie when the vehicle lost control and swerved into the path of an oncoming semi-truck.

The two vehicles collided, and Loewen was said to have sustained fatal injuries. It appears no one else was hurt. Police suggested alcohol could have been a factor, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Commentary on Cornelius "Niel" Loewen Truck Accident in Brownfield

Just to be clear, I have as much reason to contradict these reports as I do to take them 100% at face value--that is to say I have no reason to do either. Early information is usually piecemeal, and it usually takes more thorough investigations to get people the answers they deserve.

Is it possible the victim had been drinking? Sure, and it would raise the important question of whether or not a local establishment illegally over-served him. They could be liable under dram shop law for their role in the accident. With all of that said, however, there's an important details about the victim which inherently makes me skeptical of any of these claims: the fact he was on a motorcycle.

Cornelius "Niel" Loewen Killed in Truck Accident in Brownfield, TX

Fact of the matter is folks are quick to blame motorcyclists just because they see all riders as dangerous. Those reckless daredevils are out there, but many riders are safe an responsible. Despite this, I've seen situations were witnesses blamed a motorcyclist for weaving, speeding, doing stunts, and other reckless actions only for cold hard facts to come to light which shows they did nothing of the sort. Could that be what happened here?

If nothing else, I'd say a young man losing his life warrants every possible effort to get clear answers about what happened here.

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