• May 13, 2022

Patty Beck Killed in Car Accident on Columbus Avenue in Waco, TX

UPDATE (May 18, 2022): Sources have identified the victim killed in the accident as 59-year-old Patty Beck. Reports listed Beck's BAC as .156 following investigations. This and other factors remain unconfirmed at this time.

Waco, TX -- April 13, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a vehicle hit a pedestrian along Columbus Avenue.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 4:51 p.m. off the corner of Columbus Avenue and 17th Street.

Officials said that a 59-year-old woman was walking at the time and going westbound along Columbus. While passing a nearby business, a pickup backed out onto the roadway, hitting the woman.

Due to the collision, the woman sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the accident can't be confirmed.

Commentary on Patty Beck Car Accident on Columbus Avenue in Waco

The recent claims of alcohol contributing to this are quite concerning, but I want to be absolutely clear I don't bring this up to criticize the victim. On the contrary, this detail, if found to be true, could mean there's some outside party out there that contributed to this tragic event.

Patty Beck Car Accident Columbus Avenue Waco, TX

Whenever alcohol contributes to an accident, it's important to find out where that alcohol came from. Let me give an example to explain why. A while back, a family came to me about their loved one who was hit and killed on the freeway. Through our investigations we found the man had been extremely intoxicated because a local establishment illegally over-served him to the point he was a clear danger to himself. According to Texas dram shop law, this made the establishment liable for contributing to the man's tragic death.

I can't say if anything like that happened here, and there would need to be more thorough investigations to confirm whether or not alcohol was indeed a factor. My hope is simply that people understand the challenges surrounding getting families the answers they deserve. If authorities haven't taken steps to look into things like dram shop, that would no doubt be a sign to ensure more experienced independent investigators have a chance to look into things.

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