UPDATE: Khan Naing Killed in Amarillo, TX, Pedestrian Accident
UPDATE (August 19, 2019): A Texas Department of Transportation is available in the Commentary below.
Amarillo, TX -- August 11, 2019, Khan Naing was killed as the result of an accident where a vehicle struck him in the roadway.
Officials reported that the crash happened at around 10:30 p.m. off Northeast 9th Avenue and Evergreen Street, just north of Amarillo Boulevard.
Preliminary police investigations indicated that 55-year-old Naing was in the roadway at the time. Authorities are reportedly investigating the possibility he was lying in the roadway at the time of the accident. Evidence showed that while in the road, a vehicle failed to avoid him, striking him. That vehicle, described as a red Dodge pickup, left the scene.
Emergency services pronounced Naing dead at the scene. Authorities continue to search for the driver involved.
Additional details remain unclear at this time.
Following hit-and-runs, the best way to get the victim's family justice is for the community and police to work together in keeping the reports in the public eye. Usually their efforts combined often lead to an identity so police can make an arrest. In the meantime, there are other important details in the crash report which suggest their may be another party who contributed to this person's tragic incident.
The crash report said that the pedestrian may have been under the influence of alcohol when the accident happened. If that's true, then investigators need to find out where the alcohol came from. We litigated a case where a man was walking home from a bowling alley after drinking there. Our investigations revealed the bowling alley illegally over-served him. As a result, he became disoriented while walking home and traveled up an exit ramp on the freeway. A vehicle then struck him there, killing him.
Through Texas Dram Shop Law, we were able to help that man's family hold the bowling alley accountable for contributing to the man's death. Dram Shop Law states that a licensed alcohol vendor that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. Whether it's a bar, bowling alley, club, liquor store, or even grocery store, an alcohol provider whose negligent service of alcohol gets someone killed bears legal responsibility for their actions.
So like I said, these are preliminary reports and they need to be investigated more thoroughly. That said, if investigators have reason to believe alcohol contributed to this man's death, steps must be taken to ensure all responsible parties face the appropriate consequences.
--Grossman Law Offices