Family seeks answers in fatal motorcycle wrong-way crash

Police say moto­rcyclist was heading wrong way on South Side


SAN ANTONIO - Family members of a motorcyclist killed in a fatal head-on collision last week said they don’t understand why the veteran biker would have been riding his motorcycle on the wrong side of the street.

On Friday, police said 49-year-old Fred Rojas and his female passenger, Margo Chavarria, were traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Applewhite Road. The motorcycle collided head-on with a pick-up truck. The pair was not wearing helmets and both died at the scene. The driver of the pick-up truck was not charged in the accident.

“He was experienced. He knew how to drive his bike,” Rojas’ mother Frances said. “It happened at night and we just don’t know how it happened or exactly who was at fault.”

The family wants to know why the truck did not sustain more damage in the accident. Rojas’ brother said he’s confident the San Antonio Police Department can provide the answers.

“I’m kind of like puzzled because, what was he thinking? What was going on in his mind? What really went on?" Richard Rojas said. “I believe the SAPD will do their job in investigating in exactly what went wrong in this issue and hopefully something good will come out of it and give answers to everyone."

Fred Rojas spent more than two decades in the Army. He did three tours of duty in Iraq in the 1990s. Richard said his brother’s time in the military prepared him for fatherhood.

“He was strict,” he said. “But the time that he was here, I couldn’t ask for more. He was a great brother."

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