Eugenio Cruz Jr. Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Abilene, TX
Abilene, TX — October 14, 2023, Eugenio Cruz Jr. was injured following a motorcycle accident at around 8:37 p.m. along South 1st Street.
According to officials, the crash took place in the area of the South 1st Street and Grape Street intersection.
Investigators said that 28-year-old Eugenio Cruz Jr. was on a Kawasaki motorcycle going westbound along South 1st. At Grape Street, it's alleged that an eastbound Jeep failed to yield making a left turn, and the Jeep and the motorcycle collided. Cruz ended up with incapacitating injuries, authorities said.
It's unclear right now if there were any charges filed due to this crash. One would think accusations as serious as failing to yield on a left turn would warrant those measures, but motorcycle wrecks are unfortunately a magnet for exceptions to that.
Put simply, a lot of people are biased against motorcyclists, and that means they're often assigned blame beyond what the evidence suggests or sometimes entirely falsely. A strong body of evidence is always important in these situations, but it's only more crucial when the deck's already stacked against the victim. Maybe no such negative bias will warp the authorities' views on what happened here, but these preliminary reports don't give me any sort of confidence in that.