Burl Meneley, Allison Ott Killed in Hit-and-Run at Lancaster Ave and Major St in Fort Worth, TX
UPDATE (June 24, 2022): Sources have identified the two people killed in this accident as 55-year-old Burl Meneley and 37-year-old Allison Ott.
Fort Worth, TX — June 12, 2022, two people on a motorcycle were killed in a hit-and-run collision at a Fort Worth intersection.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. at the crossing of East Lancaster Avenue and Major Street. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle collided in the intersection, causing both the bike's riders to be ejected. A third vehicle then passed through and struck both riders, causing fatal injuries.
The driver that initially crashed with the motorcycle left the scene without stopping; the second driver that hit the ejected riders remained and cooperated with investigators.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Hit-and-Run at Lancaster and Major in Fort Worth
Every hit-and-run is beyond frustrating, and while the vehicle that hit the unseated riders stayed they never would have been in the road without the initial collision. That means the fleeing driver must be located and held accountable for their part. While police seek to do so, though, everyone's stuck with questions--not least of which is "Why did they run?"
There are many possible answers to that but one may jump out first: Alcohol. Frankly, a lot of hit-and-run drivers leave the scene because they were drunk and in their compromised judgment thought the best thing to do was take off (or they just didn't want police to know they were drunk). It's far from the only explanation for a hit-and-run, but it often causes them.
With that in mind, after the runaway driver is found there may be cause for a DWI investigation as well. Certainly finding the suspect is the main priority, but learning if they were intoxicated also matters because a local bar might be liable for the damage they did under dram shop law. That bar would then have a responsibility to help the victims' loved ones recover the best they can from a terrible loss.
Whether alcohol was a factor here or not, it will take diligent efforts from investigators and help from the community to see justice done. If everyone cooperates and shares any new information, I'm confident that can be accomplished.