Edgardo Wilson Killed in Motorcycle Accident on E University Drive in Denton, TX
Denton, TX — January 1, 2023, 39-year-old Edgardo Wilson died in a motorcycle accident on East University Drive in Denton.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. on East University (US-377) at Redwood Place. Preliminary investigation suggests Wilson was riding a Suzuki motorcycle east on the highway in the left lane, approaching the Redwood intersection. At the crossing a northbound Mercury Sable stopped at the stop sign, then proceeded forward so the driver could turn left on University. The car entered the motorcycle's path and the two collided in the eastbound lanes.
Wilson was fatally injured in the crash. The Mercury's two occupants were unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
I'm not able to say more definitively than anyone else what happened here, but years of experience helping with motorcycle accidents does give me cause for some concern. I've seen far too many situations where the public, the press, and even authorities quickly wrote a motorcycle wreck off as the rider's fault without fully investigating the situation. When that happens and those riders don't get the benefit of the doubt—and in many cases are unable to tell their side of the story—that's unfair to them and to their families, who more than anything just want to know what really happened.
Am I saying motorcyclists never make mistakes? Not at all. I'm only saying that it's unfair to make any such assumptions before a more thorough investigation is conducted. Maybe the victim was speeding as Denton investigators alleged, but maybe he wasn't. My concern is making sure the investigators are professional enough to actually let the facts, rather than any biases, tell the story. That man's loved ones deserve the whole truth about their loss; who will see that they get it?