SAN ANGELO, TX – A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of the San Angelo man who died in a motorcycle crash Friday.
As previously reported, on Jun. 18, officers with the San Angelo Police Department were dispatched to Loop 306 near Sherwood Way for the report of a major crash involving a motorcycle. For the original story see: BREAKING: Police Confirm Fatality in Motorcycle Crash
Once the officers arrived they found the motorcycle which had crashed into the cables in the median that splits Loop 306. The rider experienced extreme injuries in the crash and succumbed to his injuries on scene. The motorcyclist's next of kin was notified and then he was identified as Richard Graham of San Angelo.
Police came out later that evening and gave the following statement.
"On June 18, 2021, at 7:45 am, a major motor vehicle accident was reported at 4700 W Houston Harte Expressway EB. The San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Division determined that the driver, Richard Graham, was the traveling eastbound when he lost control of his motorcycle. Graham succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The speed of the motorcycle at the time of the crash was unable to be determined. Alcohol was not a factor. Graham was pronounced deceased by JP Warner. Next of kin has been notified. No additional information is available for release at this time," stated the SAPD's newest public information officer Tina Burks in a press release sent out on Jun. 18.
Rumors quickly spread across social media claiming that the crash was due to a hit and run. These rumors reached the family and they have now set up a gofundme blaming a black Ram truck.
San Angelo LIVE! reached out to San Angelo Police Department Public Information Officer Tina Burks who issued the following statement Monday morning. "Our Motors Division and Criminal Investigations Division both stated that this was a single motor vehicle accident. There were multiple witnesses to the incident that they spoke to," stated Burks. "Before Officers arrived on scene it was believed that it might have been a hit and run accident but evidence proved that to be false information."
In the gofundme, the family is asking for any donations possible as Graham leaves behind three children. To donate click the link here.
UPDATE Jun. 21 3:15 p.m.: The family released the following statement.
"We spoke to the detectives and feel confident in their determination that it was a single vehicle accident based on the evidence. The black vehicle in question was behind him and ran over debris and swerved to miss the bike, but had no damage on it. They did stop to give a witness statement further down on the loop along with a church bus driver..surveillance from nearby businesses confirms their findings."