Teen Siblings Killed, Three Injured in Hit-and-Run on Esperanza Rd in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- April 29, 2022, two teens were killed and three were injured when a hit-and-run driver crashed into their SUV on Esperanza Road in Far North Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on the 13900 block of Esperanza Road near Midpark and Spring Valley roads. Preliminary investigation suggests the teen victims were in a Chevrolet Equinox SUV traveling to get food when a GMC pickup truck, reportedly traveling south in the northbound lane at high speeds, crashed into them. After the collision the pickup driver fled the scene on foot. He remains at large.
The SUV's five teenage occupants were taken to an area hospital. Two of the teens, siblings, died while the other three were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police later identified the pickup truck driver as Faustino Membreno Rivera. They are now asking the public for information on his whereabouts. According to investigators he was driving a maroon 2009 GMC Sierra pick-up truck, bearing Texas license plate number RHF3302, at the time of the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Hit-and-Run on Esperanza Road in Dallas
Hit-and-run crashes are always infuriating to hear about, but rarely more so than when young lives are tragically ended by one. Stopping and helping as much as possible after causing major damage seems like the least anyone could do, and the idea that someone would abandon the victims of his carelessness just to save his own hide makes me see red. In the end I always find myself asking the same question I assume most folks do: "Why did they run?"
Some may think the suspect just panicked, and that may yet turn out to be true at least to some extent. However, when they apprehend hit-and-run drivers investigators often find they panicked because they had something to hide like warrants, drugs, or drunk driving. I'm not saying I know alcohol was a factor here, but wrong-way crashes happening at night have few more common causes and I have a feeling police will at least look into it. That could also mean a local business is liable for the victims' tragic deaths as well, so it's important not to simply catch and punish the runaway driver but also to find out where he was before the accident.
Of course, before punishments or circumstances can really be properly considered the runaway driver will have to be found. That will require keeping these reports in the public eye and members of the community coming forward with any information the authorities can use to make an arrest. It may take a little time, but I remain hopeful someone will do what's right. I've seen plenty of incidents where a suspect's friends, coworkers, and even their families helped authorities deliver justice. After the driver is caught and the details of this incident are clarified somewhat, further action beyond that--if any--can be determined.