• May 04, 2022

Alexis Nkundimana Injured in Hit-and-Run on Grand St in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX -- April 17, 2022, 24-year-old pedestrian Alexis Nkundimana was seriously injured in a hit-and-run on Grand Street in Amarillo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:50 p.m. on North Grand Street near 24th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Nkundimana was crossing Grand on foot when he was hit by a passing vehicle. According to reports the driver left the scene without stopping. Nkundimana was unable to provide identifying details about the vehicle and suffered serious injuries from the collision.

Investigators alleged in reports that Nkundimana was under the influence of alcohol when he was hit.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Alexis Nkundimana Hit-and-Run on Grand St in Amarillo

Some may think it's largely unnecessary to point out police suspicions that the victim was drunk when the accident happened. It may feel like adding insult to injury when the primary focus should be finding details about the runaway vehicle and ensuring that driver is brought to justice.

I certainly agree that police should invest what energy and resources they can into finding more clues about the hit-and-run vehicle. Canvassing for witnesses they missed the first time, looking around the area for video cameras with footage from around the time of the accident, and just digging as deep as they can in search of information feels like a critical step--particularly if they really have nothing to go on yet as suggested.

Having said that, the victim's state of impairment may play more of a role than it seems to at first. If further investigation showed he tried to cross the street when he did because his judgment was clouded by alcohol, there's an argument to be made that intoxication was part of why he got injured. In that case it'd be important to find out where that alcohol came from. Why? Because if a local business over-served him before he stepped into the lanes of Grand Street, that business may be partly responsible for his injuries under dram shop law.

Alexis Nkundimana Injured in Hit-and-Run on Grand St in Amarillo, TX

Let me explain with an example: Not long ago, a family came to me about a loved one who was hit and killed by a car after he wandered onto a freeway ramp. Our investigations revealed that the man was drinking at a nearby bowling alley that night and it illegally over-served him even though he was obviously intoxicated. Because they did that and it led to a fatal accident, the alley was liable for the part it played under dram shop law.

Of course, it's possible nothing of the sort happened in Amarillo. Preliminary reports almost never include information about where a driver was drinking; that often has to be found out by independent investigations. If there's a chance the victim was over-served somewhere and then made a mistake while intoxicated, the business that helped him get that way may have a duty to help him get back on his feet. That certainly doesn't excuse the hit-and-run driver in any way; it just means there may be more than one issue to investigate more carefully here.

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