Jesus Correa-Munoz Killed, Two Injured in Hit-and-Run on Huron Street in Cleburne, TX
UPDATE (May 26, 2022): The man killed in this accident has been identified as 32-year-old Jesus Correa-Munoz.
Cleburne, TX -- May 15, 2022, a man was killed and two women were injured by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on Huron Street in Cleburne.
Authorities say the incident happened just before 9:00 p.m. on the 100 block of Huron Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the suspect was involved in a disturbance then drove off in his vehicle, hitting the three victims in the process. He then drove away from the scene without stopping or rendering aid.
The male victim of the hit-and-run suffered fatal injuries. One woman suffered serious injuries and the other's were said to be minor.
Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver and his vehicle, saying only that it was a single-cab pickup truck.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jesus Correa-Munoz Hit-and-Run in Cleburne
UPDATE (May 26, 2022): People reached out to the firm not long ago to tell us that a male suspect turned himself in some time after this accident. While obviously I can't commend him for fleeing from the accident scene in the first place, I'm at least relieved to see he did the right thing afterward.
With a suspect in custody, some may feel that more or less puts a lid on this incident and the criminal justice system will handle the rest. I understand that thinking, but there's still the matter of finding out why he took off after the accident. Did he just panic? Was he impaired at the time? Did he have something else to hide? There are still outstanding questions that need answers--not only to ensure the whole truth is learned, but also to make sure the victims and the family of the man who was killed get any help they may have coming.
ORIGINAL: Hit-and-run crashes are always frustrating to hear about, but rarely more so than when someone's life is tragically ended in one. Stopping to help however possible after causing major damage seems like the least anyone could do, and the idea that someone would abandon the victim of their carelessness makes me see red. I always find myself asking the same question most folks probably do: "Why on earth did they leave?"
Some may think the suspect just panicked, and that may yet turn out to be true. However, when they apprehend hit-and-run drivers investigators often find they took off because they had something to hide like warrants, drugs, or drunk driving. I'm not saying I know any of those was a factor here, but these accidents have few elements more common than intoxication. I have a feeling police will at least look into that possibility, which could also mean a local business is liable for the victims' injuries as well. That's why it's important not to simply catch and charge the runaway driver but also to learn the full context of the incident.
Of course, before punishments or circumstances can really be considered the runaway driver must still 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 eventually 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.