Bicyclist Injured in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run Accident on Wallisville Rd in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- January 8, 2021, a 63-year-old cyclist was seriously injured by an 18-wheeler in a hit-and-run collision on Wallisville Road in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of Wallisville and Sakowitz Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the cyclist was riding westward long Wallisville and attempted to cross Sakowitz at its stop sign when a northbound tractor-trailer came to a stop past the sign, jutting out into the path of the rider. The two collided and the cyclist was ejected into a ditch on the intersection's southeast corner. The truck continued away from the scene after the collision.
The cyclist suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported to an area hospital.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run Accident on Wallisville Rd in Houston
These are concerning details, without a doubt. An 18-wheeler driver capable of fleeing an accident scene may be out there still operating on our roads. One thing that quickly jumped out at me is the possibility that there was damage to the truck, yet no one came forward to take the blame. Did the truck driver's employer not notice the damage? Did they see and just not ask questions? Perhaps more concerning, are they complicit in not coming forward to authorities?
My optimistic side hopes this is all just some kind of misunderstanding. Either way, finding the truck driver is the first priority. Just by keeping these reports in the public eye, there's a chance someone will be able to connect the dots. I even had a case not too long ago where witnesses contacted us about a hit-and-run. Somehow the police failed to follow up with them even though they actually had the truck's information written down and ready to provide to investigators. It would not surprise me if similar efforts led to a resolution for the victim and her family.