• May 26, 2022

Pedestrian Justin Roberts Killed by Vehicle on Eastex Freeway in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- May 26, 2022, pedestrian Justin Roberts was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Eastex Freeway in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:05 a.m. on the freeway near the 6000 block of Aldine Bender. Preliminary investigation suggests Roberts was walking south in the middle northbound lane of the highway as traffic approached. He allegedly entered the path of a vehicle driven by Solomon Medhin; due to traffic and low visibility Medhin was unable to avoid striking him.

Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Justin Roberts Accident on Eastex Fwy in Houston

Reports say the victim may have stepped into a travel lane as a vehicle approached. I have no particular reason to doubt that, but at the same time I discourage making any inferences or conclusions based on reports' phrasing. Certain things may come to mind after reading it, but no assumptions should be made as the investigation continues.

The only thing I'll say is I hope authorities won't leap to any hasty conclusions either. I have worked on some cases in which certain preliminary details--often no more than assumptions made based on how the scene was found--led police to draw conclusions they refused to change even when new evidence came to light. Until possible factors like medical complications or potentially some form of impairment are rigorously investigated, it's still anyone's guess what might really have occurred in Houston.

I mean no disrespect by bringing up either of those possibilities; I only mean to stress that extenuating circumstances must be considered to ensure the truth is found.

Pedestrian Justin Roberts Killed by Vehicle on Eastex Freeway in Houston, TX

When people (including investigators) jump to conclusions before all the facts are in, reports sometimes include mistakes or omissions and the general public doesn't know any better than to trust what they're told. That can create serious problems if a victim's family seeks answers after the fact, only to find their loved one was unfairly blamed.

The best thing to do, as always, is to conduct a careful and thorough investigation to ensure only true and accurate information tells the story. At the very least, the victim's loved ones deserve to know that every possibility was properly evaluated and all evidence was found before any conclusions were reached.

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