Pedestrian Struck by Two Vehicles, Killed on FM 1960 in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- May 12, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck by two vehicles and killed in an early-morning accident on Farm to Market Road 1960.
Reports say the incident happened around 2:50 a.m. in the area of 10600 East FM 1960. Preliminary investigation suggests the pedestrian was walking in the main travel lanes of the roadway, over a bridge, when he was hit first by a Ford F-150 pickup, then by a Honda Oydssey van. Both drivers remained at the scene and were found not to be impaired, then released.
The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on FM 1960 in Houston
Pedestrian accidents can be complex though many people think otherwise. I've heard "Either he was in a crosswalk or he was at fault" more times than I care to count, but virtually every accident--including those with pedestrians--is more nuanced than that.
For instance, in a situation like the one above the law finds out all its details to determine how avoidable it was (or should have been). Put simply, even if a pedestrian walks somewhere he shouldn't drivers still have a responsibility to avoid him if at all possible. That means if someone acting in all ways as a reasonably prudent person would (hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, sober, etc) could arguably have seen and avoided the victim, then one who hit him may have done something wrong. However, if investigation shows the driver truly couldn't have done anything else then the law likely wouldn't hold them accountable.
To find out which may apply, there are still questions to resolve about what happened. Why was the pedestrian in the road late at night? Where did they come from before walking there? How long was he there before the vehicles passed through? How visible was he? Is that area lit at night? Were the truck's/van's headlights on? Were the drivers paying close attention to their surroundings? Were they awake and alert? Did other vehicles successfully avoid the pedestrian? Could or should anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?
I'm not accusing anyone of wrongdoing here or suggesting I know more than police investigators. I'm only saying what I so often do: Even if preliminary reports seem fairly straightforward and paint a picture of someone in the road at a bad time, it's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. If there are other issues to consider, that will only be learned by finding all the details.