Motorcyclist Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on FM 529 in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — October 22, 2022, one person on a three-wheeled motorcycle was critically injured in a wrong-way crash on FM 529 in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. along FM 529 near Eldridge Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests a three-wheeled "slingshot" motorcycle was headed west in the road's eastbound lanes, against traffic, when he reportedly crashed into as many as four other vehicles.
The cycle's rider was airlifted from the crash scene to a hospital in critical condition. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues, including whether impairment may have been a factor.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Harris County Wrong-Way Crash on FM 529
I've noticed over the years that people are often quick to offer theories about why a crash like this happened. Most of those theories involve a wrong-way driver making some kind of mistake to get into the oncoming lanes, whether it's losing control at high speeds, watching a phone instead of the road, or (depending on how cynical someone feels) being impaired, which could have further implications if proven.
Any of those, combinations of them, or none at all could have been factors in Harris County. Rather than leap to any hasty conclusions, it's important to ensure that a careful and thorough investigation is conducted and the story is told only by conclusive facts. Tempting as it may be to quickly look for an easy explanation or a "bad guy," many wrecks are far more complicated than they first appear--especially since this involved several vehicles and multiple factors could be involved.
The motorcyclist injured in this crash deserves the benefit of the doubt, the same as anyone else, while the dots are connected. If police stop short of connecting them all to find the whole picture, though, maybe someone else should handle the investigation and see it done right.