Woman Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Highway 6 in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- January 19, 2022, a woman was killed following an accident where a vehicle hit the woman along State Highway 6.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 9:45 p.m. in the area of State Highway 6 and Addicks Dam Road.
Investigators said that a 40-year-old woman was walking at the time when a Toyota Corolla hit the woman in the right lane of travel. A Dodge Journey then hit her a second time.
The woman sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. Both drivers remained at the scene and were determined not to be impaired.
Investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on Highway 6 in Houston
While it's not entirely clear what happened here, folks may be quick to blame the victim for being on the highway at night. That's understandable, and I certainly wouldn't recommend people walk around in lanes of traffic while it's dark out. But we don't really know what happened here based on these reports, and the law surrounding pedestrian accidents is relatively nuanced. It's not simply about who had the right-of-way. It's also important to figure out if the victim was clearly visible and far enough away to avoid. If not, then it's reasonable that a driver may not be able to avoid them. If they were reasonably avoidable, however, then it could be a sign the driver was doing something wrong. Is that something the authorities here are looking into?