Erick Baker Killed in Motorcycle Accident in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX -- February 21, 2023, Erick Baker was killed after an accident where a motorcycle crashed along the roadway.
Initial details about the crash say that it happened late Tuesday south of Grand Saline. It appears 37-year-old Erick Baker was on a motorcycle traveling westbound along FM 17. For reasons unclear, the motorcycle went off-road and hit a mailbox. Due to this, Baker was thrown from the bike and sustained fatal injuries.
Without knowing anything else, my hope is that people aren't going to jump to any hasty conclusions. Despite the fact I've known so many riders throughout my career who were incredibly safe and responsible drivers, many people still are quick to blame motorcyclists before they even have the facts. They've seen one of those reckless motorcyclists that speed and weave through traffic and just assume that must be how all riders are.
Simply put, this all could be the result of a tire blowout, road hazards, a mechanical defect, a medical issue, or even another reckless driver that left the scene. I'm not saying a proper investigation would overlook possible mistakes, but jumping to conclusions isn't going to get a grieving family the answers they deserve. That's why it's best people just let the evidence speak for itself.