• September 30, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Accident at Wheatley and Pinemont in Houston, TX

Houston, TX — September 30, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a pickup truck on Wheatley Street in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 1:00 a.m. on Wheatley at Pinemont Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a motorcycle north on Wheatley as a pickup truck was eastbound on Pinemont. Witnesses told investigators the motorcyclist may have run a red light at the intersection and the two vehicles collided.

The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The pickup driver remained at the scene and reportedly showed no signs of impairment.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Houston Motorcycle Accident on Wheatley

One thing I run into a lot after accidents like this one is people mistakenly believing preliminary reports have the whole story. "The victim ran a red light," they argue, "so what else is there to know?" I always suggest an open mind and patience when I hear things like that, and right now there's clearly more work to do in Houston.

For one thing, witnesses only believe the motorcyclist "may have" run a red light. Police are still searching for clear evidence to say one way or the other, and while I have no reason to doubt the witnesses objective facts could more definitively say what happened.

There are also many other potential factors to consider besides whose light was which color. What if the motorcyclist just lost control because his bike malfunctioned or he hit a bad patch of road? Furthermore, police cleared the pickup driver of intoxication but were tests ordered for the rider? That's not an attempt to blame the victim; under Texas dram shop law a local business might be partly responsible for his fatal injuries if it dangerously over-served him prior to his fateful ride.

One, several, or none of those factors could have caused the crash, which is why it's so important to take the time and care needed to uncover the whole truth. Hopefully police will do so, but I have my misgivings after so many years of seeing them reach a "good enough" conclusion and then move on to their next priority. The victim's loved ones deserve nothing less than the whole story, so will someone make sure they get it?

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