• October 17, 2022

Frank Velazquez Alonso Killed in Motorcycle Accident on E Little York Road in Houston, TX

UPDATE (November 10, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Frank Velazquez Alonso.

Houston, TX — October 15, 2022, a 39-year-old man died when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on East Little York Road in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. in the area of 700 East Little York Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Yamaha motorcycle east, possibly at high speeds, when he crashed into a westbound Chevrolet Equinox that started to make a left turn into a private drive.

The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries in the collision. No serious injuries were reported among the Chevy's four occupants and the driver released after investigators found no signs that she was intoxicated.

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

Commentary on Houston Motorcycle Accident on Little York Rd

Investigators mentioned the victim may have been speeding and even possibly under the influence of alcohol, and those allegations seem to be their focus. Does that mean they think there are no other considerations? What about the person who seems to have failed to yield while turning? Even if they were cleared of intoxication, are there no other consequences for someone obstructing thru-traffic? Was that factor just brushed off in officers' haste to blame a motorcyclist, as I've seen happen far too often?

Even if they're right and the victim was under the influence, that might still mean someone else is partly responsible for his fatal accident under Texas dram shop law. Click the link to read more about how alcohol vendors who over-serve their customers may be liable for the damage that follows.

Frank Velazquez Alonso Killed in Houston, TX Motorcycle Accident

Having said that, I want to be clear that I don't know alcohol was a factor here at all. This could have just been an unfortunate event caused by a misjudged turn or a motorcycle traveling too fast and I'm making no suggestions to the contrary. I just believe that when people are hurt or killed in these incidents it's best to understand exactly how and why that happened, and that usually takes careful and thorough investigation to learn. Will police take all the needed steps to get the whole story, or should someone else step in to fill in more blanks for the victim's loved ones?

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