Catherine Breeding, a rookie deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, was killed instantly when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger crashed. The motorcycle, a new Harley Davidson, was being driven by Montgomery County Precinct 1 deputy James Selsmer III, age 26. According to court documents, BAC tests administered at the scene indicated Selsmer was over twice the legal limit when the crash occurred. Selsmer has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter for a motorcycle crash that killed the other deputy, and remains jailed on a $50,000 bond. The accident occurred at the intersection of South Loop 336 and I-45 in Conroe, Texas at around 3 a.m.
Friends at Shenigan’s bar in Huntsville say the couple had been drinking heavily and that Selsmer was buying everyone shots.
Motorcycle accident are some of the most gruesome accident on the road as there is nothing to protect a driver or a passenger from the initial impact or from subsequent impacts. Very often a motorcyclist will be thrown from the bike only to be run over by other cars in traffic. There are no seat belts to keep a person from being thrown from the bike. Motorcycles are less visible than cars on the road and are obviously less stable. Motorcycles are dangerous enough without compounding the danger by using alcohol.
According to the US Department of Transportation, “In 2009, a higher percentage of motorcycle riders in fatal crashes had BAC levels of .08 g/dL or higher than any other type of driver.”
In 2011, the US Department of Transportation estimated that the number of deaths on motorcycles was over thirty times that of the number of deaths in cars. An astounding 91% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2013 were males, little consolation to the family of Catherine Breeding to whose family we extend our heartfelt condolences.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or have had a loved one killed, you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. We offer free consultations to all motorcycle accident victims and their families. Call now 256-534-3435.