On Thursday night around 11:40 p.m., a valet driver for Corner Table was retrieving a BMW from the parking lot when he made a right turn from the left lane on the 2800 block of Westheimer. He turned into an oncoming motorcyclist in the right lane, which forced the motorcycle to slide into the car. Police say that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but he suffered a severe chest wound.
The motorcycle driver, a 26-year-old man whose name has not yet been released, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
The victim was operating a white Honda CBR motorcycle eastbound on Westheimer when a valet driver in a black BMW Ms pulled out of a private driveway and went eastbound onto the roadway. As the BMW made a right turn from the wrong lane, the victim was unable to stop and struck the right side of the vehicle. The victim was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Houston police note that the valet driver was not intoxicated at the time of the accident, but his case will be referred to the District Attorney.
This brings the Houston valet debate to a head once more, as people have already begun voicing their negative opinions about valet online in the wake of this accident.
Commenters on Click2Houston's story about the accident wrote:
Others commented on the valet business more directly, writing:
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We have called Corner Table and have been unable to speak to a manager about the incident. We will update this story as soon as we get more information.