• October 24, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on I-10 in Houston, TX

Houston, TX — October 20, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a hit-and-run tractor-trailer on eastbound Interstate 10 in north Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on I-10 near Taylor Street. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was traveling east next to a motorcycle when the truck's rear somehow clipped the bike. The impact sent the motorcyclist out of control and he fatally crashed; authorities say the truck driver might not have realized what happened as they continued east without stopping.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on I-10E in Houston

It's obviously very concerning that the truck involved in this collision left the scene. I could buy that they didn't feel the back of the truck clipping the motorcycle, but the commotion that impact obviously caused surely made plenty of noise and motion the driver could or should have noticed.

Even then, is it possible that the driver didn't realize the damage done and continued away from the scene? Of course. I only think it's important not to take that for granted and instead consider whether there's something else to the story. For instance, in many situations a truck driver flees a crash scene because he had something specific to hide--intoxicated driving, active warrants, a suspended license, violating hours of service, etc. Furthermore, it's troubling to think the driver might inform his employer about the crash and the company might not alert the authorities.

Motorcyclist Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on I-10 in Houston, TX

Some may feel I'm just being cynical with all that, but years of experience have taught me things aren't always what they seem. Will police just assume that this was a misunderstanding, or will they at least try to find out whether anything else was at play? If they plan to find the driver and then more or less write the thing off to unfortunate circumstance, more thorough independent investigations may be needed to ensure the whole truth is found. Getting victims and families the help they need is just one part of the equation, important as it is; the other part is getting all the facts and making sure the right people are held accountable.

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