• October 13, 2022

Bicyclist Killed by Vehicle on Highway 366 in Port Neches, TX

Port Neches, TX — October 12, 2022, a 53-year-old bicyclist was hit and fatally injured by a vehicle on Highway 366 in Port Neches.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:40 p.m. on the 600 block of the highway. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was riding a bicycle in the area when another vehicle approached and crashed into him for unknown reasons. The driver remained at the scene after the collision.

The cyclist suffered fatal injuries; no other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Port Neches Bicycle Accident on Hwy 366

Right now there's no real telling what happened in this crash. As investigators try to piece together what happened, I discourage jumping to any conclusions. I know from long experience that folks are often tempted to fill in the blanks for themselves, but it's far better to let the facts do the talking.

My inherent concern is whether a "by the numbers" police investigation will be enough to find those facts. I have no doubt they'll canvas the scene and interview the driver, but will they extend their investigation beyond those basic data points? For instance, will any one check where the driver and the cyclist were before they met in the road? What about checking the driver's phone records to see if they were watching a screen instead of the road? Will someone account for light and road conditions in the area?

Bicyclist Killed by Vehicle on Highway 366 in Port Neches, TX

So soon after the accident and with so many variables not yet considered, no one can say for certain how a man lost his life. However, that's obviously serious enough to merit a full and thorough investigation--perhaps one more thorough than police will conduct.

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