Pedestrian Killed in Car Accident on Clay Road in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- January 12, 2021, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a passing vehicle near a Harris County intersection.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. in the 16400 block of Clay Road near its crossing with Scone Street. Investigators believe a Ford Crown Victoria was traveling west in the left lane of Clay Road when a woman attempted to cross the road on foot and was hit.
The pedestrian died at the scene. The driver remained on-site and is cooperating with the investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on Clay Road in Harris County
I've seen numerous articles lately about how common pedestrian accidents are in Houston and in Harris County at large. They're certainly not alone in those statistics, as far too many people are struck by cross traffic on the streets of Texas. Despite how often they happen, though, I get a lot of calls from people who don't necessarily understand how the law applies to pedestrian crashes. In a nutshell, it's a matter of whether they were avoidable.
Here's an example: A pedestrian crosses the road in a lit area without a crosswalk or a traffic light. Bad idea? Almost certainly. Does that give passing drivers license to hit that pedestrian? Not a chance. If a pedestrian is clearly visible and far enough away to avoid, a driver--even one with the technical right-of-way--is expected to avoid them. However, if investigators determine a pedestrian was too hard to see or stepped into the road too close for a reasonably prudent to steer clear or stop, then no one should expect the driver to be held accountable for that accident.
This isn't meant to be an indictment of the driver in Harris County. It's more an expression of curiosity whether police actually investigated the crash thoroughly or just made their determinations after figuring out who had the right-of-way. There may be little more to this crash than was already published, but it seems to me when someone loses her life that she and her loved ones at least deserve is a complete investigation.