• February 15, 2022

Derrick Henderson Killed in Hit-and-Run on Crowley Rd in Fort Worth, TX

UPDATE (February 21, 2022): Reports have identified the victim of this accident as 55-year-old Derrick Henderson. A short time later the hit-and-run driver was identified as 27-year-old Keyanna Dancer.

Fort Worth, TX -- February 13, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in a hit-and-run at a Fort Worth intersection.

Authorities say the incident happened early Sunday morning at the crossing of Crowley Road and Steinburg Lane. Few details about the incident have been released but reports indicate a 2012-2018 blue Volkswagen Tiguan struck and killed a pedestrian at the intersection, then fled the scene without stopping. Traffic cameras captured images of the vehicle but did not get its license plate.

Authorities are searching for the hit-and-run vehicle and its driver.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Derrick Henderson Hit-and-Run in Fort Worth

UPDATE (June 1, 2022): Later reports say the victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .164 at the time of the accident. I don't say that to judge or lecture, but knowing that he was over the legal limit for intoxication may change how the accident should be addressed.

A lot of people think issues of intoxication begin and end with the person who got drunk, but that's not always true. Depending on certain factors, Texas businesses that serve alcohol may also be responsible for the injuries their customers cause or suffer while under the influence.

Under dram shop law alcohol vendors like bars and restaurants are prohibited from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. It's unclear whether a bar had anything to do with the victim's impairment, but that possibility should be carefully investigated.

Unfortunately dram violations get little attention from police. If a bar is suspected of over-service then the people hurt by that are better served by independent investigations. Armed with what independent experts find many folks affected by a bar's negligent over-service have held it accountable for what followed.

Derrick Henderson Killed in Hit-and-Run on Crowley Rd in Fort Worth, TX

ORIGINAL: It's saddening and highly frustrating when incidents like this occur. Obviously tracking down the driver and finding out why they left the scene are paramount, so it's vital that police remain diligent and community members come forward with any information they can provide to help apprehend a suspect. So far there seem to be few clear leads, but it's definitely encouraging that authorities seem to know the make, model, and color of vehicle they're looking for. That's far more than they often have to work with at the start, but they'll need more.

It's important going forward to share any details and developments with the community so they can keep an eye out for the Volkswagen and its operator. Keeping all the available information in the public eye often leads to someone connecting the dots and helping to identify the suspect. It may take some time if police can't get much traction from the current details, but if they keep at it there is often a positive resolution--either when the offender sees him- or herself in the news or when someone else recognizes them from reports. For instance, in an East Texas county a sports car recently hit a child in a crosswalk and fled, only for the driver to be arrested in Michigan a few weeks later when someone saw the vehicle's description on television and called police.

Once the suspect is in custody hopefully investigators will find out what motivated them to abandon the scene and the person they fatally injured. They might simply have panicked, but in many cases something else (illegal contraband, outstanding warrants, drunk driving) contributed to their poor decision. Only time and thorough investigation will tell, but as long as everyone does what they can I remain confident justice can be served for this tragic incident.

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