Laramie Reid Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Southwest Pkwy in Wichita Falls, TX
Wichita Falls, TX — October 23, 2022, 33-year-old motorcyclist Laramie Reid died in a traffic accident on Southwest Parkway in Wichita Falls.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:05 p.m. at Southwest Parkway and Taft Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Reid was riding a Suzuki motorcycle west through the intersection when he collided with the passenger side of a Ford pickup that was turning left from Southwest onto Taft.
Reid, reportedly wearing a helmet at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Laramie Reid Accident in Wichita Falls
The news said the victim's motorcycle and a turning pickup collided in the intersection, but so far there's not much insight about why. How fast were they traveling? Which vehicle had the right-of-way? Were there any witnesses or traffic camera footage that can clarify things?
Part of my concern about finding proof is because I've seen many times how quick folks can be to blame a motorcyclist for a crash. Riders often get a bad rap as reckless daredevils no matter how safe a particular one might be. As a result, people (including some investigators) are too quick to assume a rider did something wrong without actually learning all the facts. I've seen cases where even police immediately said a rider did something wrong, only for evidence to eventually show something else was to blame.
To be crystal clear, I'm not saying I know who or what's to blame for this accident. I only mean that extenuating circumstances--bad road conditions like water or debris, malfunctioning lights, a mechanical failure in the bike, or even just someone not noticing the other vehicle until it was too late--could have contributed to what happened. Finding the whole truth is crucial, which is why I frequently suggest independent investigations instead of relying solely on police reports. The best thing is to find the clear and indisputable facts of the matter, then let them tell the story. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.