• February 10, 2023

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with Building on Red River St in Austin, TX

Austin, TX — February 10, 2022, a motorcyclist was seriously injured after crashing into a building along Red River Street in Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. in the area of Red River and Sixth streets. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was riding a motorcycle in the area when they lost control for unknown reasons and crashed into the former Texas Lottery Commission building.

The rider was transported from the scene to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

No further information is currently available.

One thing I often encourage on this blog is keeping an open mind and finding the facts that tell the story of a crash. Unfortunately some details in "breaking" news often leads some to draw hasty conclusions, so this incident reportedly happening in the early morning near Austin's infamous Sixth Street entertainment district may make those folks say alcohol could have been a factor.

Is that possible? Maybe, and if investigators find evidence of that it may have further implications depending on where the drinks came from. However, impairment wasn't mentioned at all in preliminary findings and it should never be taken for granted. Any number of things can cause someone to lose control of a motorcycle—some within their control, many others out of it. Finding the truth and using that, not guesswork, to fill in the blanks should be the goal of the investigation. I just hope Austin authorities agree.

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