• April 29, 2022

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Pickup Truck on I-10 in Katy, TX

Katy, TX -- April 26, 2022, a 23-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in the travel lanes of Interstate 10 in Katy.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on the 25400 block of I-10 (Katy Freeway) near Bass Pro Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was on foot in or near the roadway when they were hit by a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. After the impact the pickup then rolled slowly across the lanes, after which it was hit by a Freightliner 18-wheeler.

Responders found the victim dead in the road.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on I-10 in Katy

People don't always realize that pedestrian accidents like this are about more than just who had the right-of-way. Folks just shrug and blame the pedestrian for being on foot somewhere dangerous; some even point out it's illegal to walk on the highway according to the Texas Transportation Code. Those are valid points, but the law looks at the broader circumstances of these crashes before deciding who's at fault for the damage done. Right now there aren't enough details about what happened on I-10 for anyone to draw conclusions.

Pedestrians may not necessarily belong on a highway, but that doesn't make them open season for drivers. If careful investigation found the pickup driver was doing something that prevented them from reacting appropriately, they could be responsible for the collision whether or not they had the right-of-way.

On the other side of that, if evidence shows the driver had no way to reasonably avoid the victim then it would be unfair to hold them accountable for that. There are still questions about visibility, distraction, speeding, and many other elements that need to be resolved before saying one way or the other whether the wreck could have been avoided.

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Pickup Truck on I-10 in Katy, TX

I don't know what really happened out there on the Katy Freeway. I'm also not suggesting that pedestrians always have the right-of-way (another common misconception). It's just important folks keep in mind that these accidents are not always as straightforward as they may seem. A full investigation must be conducted to be sure the victim's loved ones receive the answers they deserve. If there are any other steps to take after that, knowing so would largely depend on what those answers are.


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