• January 05, 2022

Leonarde Bonet Killed in Hit-and-Run on Hwy 288 Feeder Road in Houston, TX

UPDATE (January 31, 2022): Reports have identified the victim of this accident as 68-year-old Leonarde Michelangell Bonet.

Houston, TX -- January 4, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run along the South Freeway feeder road in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened some time before 6:10 a.m. along the South Freeway/Highway 288 feeder read near West Bellfort Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was walking along the road when he was struck by a vehicle that left the scene without stopping.

The victim, believed to be middle-aged, received fatal injuries in the accident.

Police arriving at the scene found a person performing CPR on the victim, but that person left without providing any information to responders. Debris from the collision was located at the scene and police are analyzing it for clues about the hit-and-run vehicle.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Leonarde Bonet Hit-and-Run on South Fwy Feeder in Houston

It's both tragic and enormously frustrating to learn of yet another hit-and-run on Texas roads. Clearly authorities must do everything they can to locate the driver who left the scene--not only to ensure that person faces appropriate punishment, but also to determine precisely why they ran. Learning that detail is more important than some might think.

Depending on why the suspect left the scene, there could be further considerations and unique consequences related to this incident. For example, many drivers flee from incidents like this because they're intoxicated at the time. If that's true in this accident, that could mean a local alcohol provider is liable for the victim's fatal injuries. Negligent over-service and its tragic aftermath are handled by Texas dram shop law, an area of the law that despite its value to injured victims is largely unknown to the public.

Leonarde Bonet Killed in Hit-and-Run on Hwy 288 Feeder Road in Houston, TX

Some may argue that intoxication is an unlikely possibility given that the wreck happened around 6 a.m. on a Tuesday. I won't dispute that DWI accidents at that time are less likely than, say, 2 a.m. on a Saturday, but the sad truth is that drunk driving happens every hour of every day on Texas roads. I don't claim to know for certain that this is another such case, but the possibility can't be dismissed outright.

What police are doing now--searching for material evidence, witnesses, and surveillance footage from the area--is crucial in finding every possible clue to help them track down the vehicle that fled. Whatever information they can find and then relay to the public is one more piece of the puzzle that someone will eventually put together and use to recognize a suspect. These situations usually reach a resolution when someone, be it a friend or neighbor or even a total stranger, comes forward with important information the police can use to make an arrest. It may take some time depending on what investigators learn, but I recently heard about a hit-and-run driver arrested a full year after fleeing a crash because someone overheard her bragging in a bar about getting away with it.

As long as someone does the right thing when they realize the truth, I remain hopeful that continued efforts from the community and the police will see justice done here. In the meantime it's best to focus on what can be done to best help the victim's family in their time of loss.


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