Pedestrian Injured in Hit-and-Run on Cole Ave in Uptown Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- June 5, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and critically injured by a wrong-way driver in a hit-and-run on Cole Avenue in Dallas.
According to reports the incident happened just after midnight Sunday on Cole between Lemmon and McKinney avenues. Preliminary investigation suggests a dark-colored SUV traveled the wrong way on Cole, a one-way street, and struck a pedestrian. The SUV then left the scene without stopping.
The pedestrian suffered critical injuries in the accident.
Police are now looking for the SUV, which they say may have damage to its front end after the impact.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Hit-and-Run on Cole Ave in Dallas
It's always frustrating to see a situation like this, and the victim's friends and family--as well as the residents of that neighborhood--would be justified in demanding the driver be located and brought to justice. In the meantime everyone's stuck with questions, not least of which is "Why did the driver flee?"
There are many possible answers to that but one probably comes to most minds first: Alcohol. Frankly, a lot of hit-and-run drivers leave the scene because they were drunk and in their compromised judgment thought the smartest thing to do was take off (or they just didn't want police to know).
Considering the accident involved a wrong-way driver in the wee hours of a Sunday morning (which is basically late Saturday night), this incident seems ripe for a DWI investigation on top of tracking down the driver in the first place. Some may think that part's not as important as simply finding the suspect, and while I agree that's the main priority finding out if they were intoxicated still matters because a local bar might be liable for the damage done under dram shop law. That bar would then have a responsibility to help the victim recover.
Whether alcohol was a factor here or not, it will take diligent efforts from investigators and help from the community to connect the dots. If everyone cooperates and shares any new information, I'm confident justice will be done.