Lance Rioux Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Sylvan Ave in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX — July 13, 2022, 25-year-old Lance Rioux died in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Sylvan Avenue in Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:25 p.m. on Sylvan Ave near Colorado Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Rioux was riding a KTM Enduro dirt bike north in the right lane of Sylvan when he entered a curve at alleged unsafe speeds. He braked hard in the curve and the bike tipped over to the left.
Rioux was ejected when the bike fell, then tumbled off the road and hit a utility pole and a traffic sign. He suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lance Rioux Accident in Dallas
Investigators later added blood-test results that showed the crash victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .101 at the time. I don't say that in judgment or to begin some sermon, but if he was over the legal limit for intoxication then there may be more to this investigation than folks realize. For one thing, it's important to find out where the alcohol came from that night.
Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause--even to themselves--while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when ensuring crash victims and their loved ones get justice.
Having said that, however, it's important not to see any non-zero BAC as proof that alcohol was the main culprit. It may not have helped the victim's situation, but a full investigation is still needed to learn if anything else played a part as well. For instance, news reports say the curves in that road have taken plenty of people unawares and local residents feel some design changes should be implemented. If hazardous design was part of the reason the victim lost control, it certainly wouldn't be just to assign him all of the blame. His loved ones deserve the whole story, derived from careful investigation; will police efforts be enough to get that?