• May 17, 2022

Pedestrian David Wilder Killed by Vehicle on Ferguson Rd in Dallas, TX

UPDATE (June 16, 2022): Reports have identified the victim of this accident as 49-year-old David Wilder.

Dallas, TX -- February 17, 2022, a 49-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Ferguson Road in Dallas.

Reports say the incident happened around 8:50 p.m. on the 8300 block of Ferguson near St. Francis Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mercedes-Benz SUV was traveling northeast on the roadway in the left lane as the pedestrian was headed southeast in the center median. According to reports, the pedestrian walked into the left northeast-bound lane as the Mercedes approached; the driver swerved left but was unable to avoid the victim.

The pedestrian suffered critical injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Tests later showed the pedestrian had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .273 at the time of the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Ferguson Rd in Dallas

It may not seem that important to clarify that a pedestrian was intoxicated beyond ensuring a report is complete about details. However, if it's true that alcohol may have had something to do with this person walking into the path of a vehicle, then there may be other issues to address.

Pedestrian David Wilder Killed by Vehicle on Ferguson Rd in Dallas, TX

Here's an example of what I mean: Not long ago a family came to me about a loved one who was hit and killed by a car after he walked through a freeway's on-ramp. Our investigations revealed that he drank at a bowling alley before his ill-fated stroll. The alley's bar illegally over-served him despite him clearly being obviously intoxicated. Because the bar kept serving him long past his limits and he wound up in a fatal accident while too drunk to act safely, the business was liable for their role in his death under Texas dram shop law.

Not every alcohol-related accident starts with a dram shop violation, and it's possible nothing of the sort happened before the victim ended up walking on Ferguson Road. However, if it's possible that a) a bar or other business played a role in the end of a man's life and b) that bar may have a legally-imposed duty to help the victim's family with their loss, then it seems only right to investigate the matter further. If those in need can get some assistance and a community is made safer by confronting a law-breaking business, then steps should be taken to find out more.

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