• October 05, 2022

Rene Soto Sr. Killed in Motorcycle Crash on S Border Road in Alamo, TX

UPDATE (October 6, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 55-year-old Rene Soto Sr.

Alamo, TX — October 3, 2022, a man in his 50s was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on South Border Road in Alamo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. along South Border Road at U.S. Highway 83. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a motorcycle on Border Road when he approached the highway at reported high speeds. He allegedly disregarded the stop sign at the crossing and continued north, then hit the median and was ejected onto Highway 83's emergency shoulder.

The rider, reportedly not wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Border Rd in Alamo

One of the biggest complications with single-vehicle accidents like this is people's tendency to make assumptions about their causes. Certain common factors like speeding, inattention, and (when a wreck happens late at night) intoxication are often blamed whether or not any evidence has come to light suggesting such things. Jumping to such conclusions certainly won't help the victim's grieving loved ones in a time when they badly need real answers about their loss.

Are driver mistakes like the ones I mentioned commonly behind accidents like this? Certainly, but there could also be more to the story. Even if the rider was impaired, that could be more complex than people realize as a local business might be liable for over-serving him under dram shop law.

Rene Soto Sr. Killed in Motorcycle Crash on S Border Road in Alamo, TX

I'm not saying I know more than reports say about what happened on Border Road. It's clearly tragic to see a man lose his life, and I think most would agree that it's important to find out exactly how and why that occurred--particularly when the victim was on a motorcycle. I've lost count of how many times I've seen a rider blamed for being reckless when he was actually a victim of circumstances beyond his control.

One way or another, reserving judgment is key because it means only the evidence will do the talking. Making sure investigators have the experience and tools to get that evidence should be the priority in these situations.

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