• May 18, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on Saunders Street in Laredo, TX

Laredo, TX -- May 16, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in a late-night accident on Saunders Street in central Laredo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on the 1000 block of Saunders near Hendricks Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests that the victim, a man in his 50's, was walking west along Saunders on the sidewalk. He allegedly tried to cross the road outside of a crosswalk and he was hit by a Ford Mustang in the roadway. The driver remained at the scene after the collision and reportedly showed no signs of impairment.

The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Saunders St in Laredo

Some people tend to write off accidents like this too quickly. The common feeling is that pedestrians shouldn't walk in roads unless there's a crosswalk, but the law is far more nuanced than that. Rather than boil everything down to some lines on the pavement, it's important to look closer at all the accident's details and find out how avoidable it should have been.

Put simply, the law expects everyone to do anything reasonably within their power to keep an accident from occurring--even if they have the right-of-way. If a reasonably prudent driver doing everything they're supposed to (hands on the wheel, sober, eyes on the road, traveling the speed limit, headlights on and working, etc) couldn't have avoided the victim on the road then it wouldn't be right to blame them for what occurred. However, if a closer look showed they could have stopped or steered away from the victim--regardless of who had the right-of-way--then learning why they didn't is vital.

Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on Saunders Street in Laredo, TX

With that said, I'm not suggesting the driver did anything wrong. Reports say they weren't intoxicated, and further investigation might show they couldn't realistically have avoided the victim. I'm only saying that this incident needs more answers to properly understand it. Exactly where was the pedestrian in the road? How long was he walking there before the car came along? Where was he beforehand? Are visibility and sightlines okay on that stretch of road? Did anything prevent the driver from noticing the victim or vice versa? Would reasonably prudent people have done everything the same way?

Every crash deserves careful and thorough investigation to ensure the whole truth is found. Even if further analysis just confirms what police already said, the victim's loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to find all the facts. If there are any other steps to take, knowing that would largely depend on what those facts turn out to be.

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