Pedestrian Killed in Double Hit-and-Run on Eastex Fwy in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- March 22, 2022, a pedestrian was struck by two vehicles and killed while walking on the Eastex Freeway in northeast Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the freeway near Mount Houston Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests the 23-year-old pedestrian was walking in the #2 traffic lane for unknown reasons when he was hit by a southbound Honda Civic, knocking him down on the road. After the impact the Civic reportedly crashed into the median divider wall, rebounded, and came to rest further south in the #2 lane. The driver then fled on foot. A short time later a second vehicle struck the pedestrian on the ground; that driver left the scene without stopping.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead by responders.
Police are searching for both hit-and-run drivers.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Pedestrian Double Hit-and-Run on Eastex Fwy in Houston
It's a little unusual for multiple vehicles to be involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, but far more so when both drivers flee the scene afterward. I can't help but wonder why they ran, and at 1:00 a.m. a few specific explanations come to mind.
In early-morning hit-and-runs many drivers flee the scene because they don't want responding police to find out they were drunk behind the wheel. That's not true in every single case and I don't want to suggest I have specific knowledge of it here, but it's a possibility police likely will consider while putting together what happened. Since they found one of the vehicles at the scene hopefully they can trace its paper trail back to one of the suspects pretty quickly, and then can find out what motivated them to abandon a dying person in the road (if that language seems harsh, so was the deed). The second driver may take more time to locate but I have faith that diligent police work and a cooperative community will help track them down. Again, once they're found it will be important to find out what went through their head at the time.
If either or both drivers were intoxicated at the time of the accident, it will also be important to find out where they got their alcohol. Why? Because Texas dram shop law may hold any business that over-served them alcohol liable for its contribution to the victim's tragically-fatal injuries. Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) is prohibited from selling drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they do they may be considered liable for injuries that customer causes or suffers. Dram shop claims are an important tool both for getting victims and families much-needed help and for holding bad bars accountable for reckless over-service.
At the end of the day, at least two people did wrong based on these reports. Surely police are doing what they can to make sure those people face consequences, and most likely they could use the public's help in locating both offenders. If a local bar also contributed to this chain of events, it too should face consequences.