Police in El Paso, Texas are still investigating exactly what events led up to a fatal motorcycle crash in the lower valley. They have not determined the cause of the accident at this time, although they say speed was likely a factor. Some local news reports also indicated that alcohol could have been a factor, based on footage of a police officer carrying an empty tequila bottle near the scene of the accident.
The roadway in El Paso's lower valley where the accident took place was closed for about six hours while law enforcement officials gathered evidenced and surveyed the scene. The motorcycle was traveling north when the driver apparently lost control and veered off of the road. Police have not released any information about whether the driver was wearing a helmet or not.
When fatal accidents occur, often friends and the family of the victim have questions about what happened. At this time it is not clear if there were any external factors, like another vehicle on the road or another hazard that caused the driver to swerve or lose control of the motorcycle. If it turns out that there was another vehicle involved or that there were some other mitigating factors like a mechanical malfunction on the motorcycle, a third party could be liable for the wrongful death of the driver.
After the accident occurred and while police were still investigating, the driver of another vehicle drove past the barriers and into the closed-off area. Police arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving.
Source: K Fox, "Police investigate deadly motorcycle accident," Ruben Veloz, Jan. 11, 2012.
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