Antonio Mitchell Killed in Motorcycle Accident in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- March 13, 2023, Antonio Mitchell was killed following an accident where a motorcycle and an SUV collided.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of West Parmer Lane and Ganymede Drive. It appears that 21-year-old Antonio Mitchell was on a motorcycle which, in a series of events unclear right now, crashed with an SUV. Due to the collision, Mitchell sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were confirmed, and the cause of the crash also remains unclear at this time.
I certainly don't have any kind of inside information here, so there obviously needs to be continued investigations if the few details available to the public are all that police know about the crash. My concern, though, is whether or not the fact the victim was on a motorcycle is going to cause issues in the investigations.
Put simply, I know from experience just how safe most riders are on the roads, especially considering how vulnerable they are to larger vehicles. But a lot of people harbor a negative bias against motorcycle riders and assume they're all reckless daredevils. That's obviously unfair, but the more serious concern is that police may share this bias and allow it to impact their investigations. Those investigations are supposed to be as neutral as possible so that the evidence can speak for itself, and hopefully authorities here understand that. Otherwise, the victim's family may not get the full story they deserve.