• October 28, 2022

Ernest Mclemore Killed in Bicycle Accident on S 18th Street in Waco, TX

Waco, TX — October 26, 2022, 31-year-old cyclist Ernest Mclemore was struck and killed by an SUV on South 18th Street in Waco.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. near South 18th and Connor Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Mclemore was riding a bicycle in the area when he was hit under unknown circumstances by a Ford Expedition.

Mclemore was critically injured in the crash. He was taken to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. No charges are expected.

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

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When it comes to a serious accident like this, my concern is whether people will keep an open mind and give those involved the benefit of the doubt as evidence is put together. I've learned over the years that anyone traveling in anything without four wheels--pedestrians, cyclists, scooter riders, motorcyclists, and others--take a lot of undeserved flak and blame from the court of public opinion.

Ernest Mclemore Killed in Bicycle Accident on S 18th Street in Waco, TX

Am I saying it's impossible that the victim did something wrong? Of course not, but if the news says the SUV driver isn't likely to be charged then a lot of fingers start pointing at the cyclist by default--without accounting for any other possible factors. Low visibility, potholes or wet roads, or even some kind of failure or defect in one of the vehicles could have played roles, and if they're overlooked there's a risk that the "official" story won't be the correct one.

Ensuring this matter is properly investigated will no doubt be crucial for gutting this man's loved ones the answers they deserve. Is police effort enough to find those answers, or should someone else step in to connect more dots?

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