Tristen Gore Killed in Hit-and-Run on West Marshall Avenue in Longview, TX
UPDATE (October 12, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident, now described as a hit-and-run, as 25-year-old Tristen Gore. The person who struck and fatally injured Gore was later identified as 37-year-old Victor Frausto-Lopez, who was arrested by the Upshur County Sheriff's Office on a charge of accident involving injury or death.
Longview, TX — October 5, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with another vehicle on West Marshall Avenue in Longview.
Details are limited at this time, but authorities say the incident happened Wednesday evening in the area of West Marshall and Bill Owens Parkway. Witness statements and video footage from nearby businesses suggest a car began to turn out of a convenience store parking lot and failed to yield the right-of-way to an approaching motorcycle. The rider laid the bike down to avoid a crash but fell off, after which he was hit by another vehicle.
The driver of the car that turned into the victim's path reportedly observed the scene briefly and then fled. Investigators say he went to a friend's house and tried to hide his vehicle but both were located shortly afterward.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tristen Gore Accident in Longview
Hopefully with the suspect in custody police can learn something about his motivations for leaving the scene after fatally injuring someone. What on earth could have possessed him to do that?
That has many possible answers, including a simple panic response to a stressful situation, but investigators often find that a driver took off because they had something to hide. That could be any number of things, including active warrants or no license, but many times it's learned they fled because they were intoxicated. I'm not making any accusations or insinuations about the Longview accident, but investigators should at least look into that possibility--which could have further implications due to Texas dram shop law.
I'm not saying alcohol was definitely a factor, but many crashes including hit-and-runs are more complicated than they may seem. Some may think this matter is close to closed since the suspect was apprehended, but depending on his reasons for fleeing the scene there may be more work to do. Right now further action, if any, largely depends on what investigators find out.