Texas Motorcycle Lawyer and Elder Care Lawyer Aaron Withers is to defend the driver of a car that hit a motorcycle in Austin earlier this month.
Withers, who is representing one of two motorcycle drivers charged with manslaughter, will take on the case of Austin motorcyclist Richard B. Williams, 28, of Austin.
Williams was hit by the rear end of a motorcycle as he drove from his apartment to his motorcycle dealership in Austin.
He died at the scene.
The other motorcycle driver, Austin motorcycle shop owner Michael H. Moore, 25, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and reckless driving and was released on bond.
Moore faces a misdemeanor charge of aggravated felony hit-and-run.
The second driver, Eric M. Otero, 24, of Hays, faces a felony charge of hit-fraud and reckless endangerment.
The charge against Otera has been upgraded to a second-degree felony charge.
In his opening statement Thursday, Austin defense attorney Aaron Withering said the motorcyclists actions were reckless and reckless conduct that endangered other motorists.
The defendants’ vehicles were in the intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 49.
It was unclear if the cars were traveling in the opposite direction at the time of the accident, Wither said.
He said a witness, a former motorcycle rider, saw Williams “flee” from his car, and the witness saw the driver’s license plate “following” the motorcycle.
Withering said Williams’s vehicle was equipped with a motorcycle radar system, which would have alerted police if it detected another vehicle approaching.
Wethers said that the collision occurred when Williams’s motorcycle’s accelerator was off.
It appears the accelerator was fully engaged when the motorcycle hit the motorcycle, Withering explained.
Wailing noted that the other driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet and that the vehicle’s airbags were deployed, though Wither did not specify how many airbags Williams had in his vehicle.
Wailes defense attorney also noted that Wither had taken the case against Moore and Oteras attorney last month.
Wither also said the case is not yet open to public comment.
“We believe this case will go to trial as soon as possible and we are hopeful that all parties will come together,” Wither told The Associated Press on Thursday.
“There is still a lot of work to be done and this case has been very difficult.
We would like to see everyone working together to come to an agreement.”
The case against the two motorcycle operators was announced on Tuesday after a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning.