Teen Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on U.S. Highway 62/82 in Wolfforth, TX
Wolfforth, TX — June 16, 2022, a 17-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 62/82 in Wolfforth.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:10 p.m. on US-62/82 near Dowden Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a teen pedestrian was trying to cross the highway when he was struck by a Toyota Prius. The driver told investigators he didn't see the pedestrian until it was too late to avoid him.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on US-62/82 in Wolfforth
Right now there's far too little information about this accident for anyone to say how it occurred. Some folks may have instinctively blamed the pedestrian for being on or near the highway, but that's unfair unless further investigation shows they acted unsafely.
As things stand there's still a lot of work to do just to know what happened. Where precisely was the victim in the road? How long was he there before the car passed through? Where was he prior to running through the road? The driver said they couldn't see him; why not? Is that area lit up at night? What was he wearing? Were the striking vehicle's lights on? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention?
That's just a handful of many questions that a careful investigation will seek to answer. It's best to find as much clear evidence as possible after a collision, both to ensure everyone's on the same page about what happened and to seek accountability if anyone specific is found to be at fault. Will police look into this carefully enough to get all the facts? The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the full story.