• June 23, 2022

David Yates Killed in Hit-and-Run on Northwest Blvd in Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi, TX — June 21, 2022, 42-year-old David Yates was struck and killed by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on Northwest Boulevard in Corpus Christi.

According to reports the incident happened before 6:30 a.m. on the 13900 block of Northwest Blvd, near Calallen High School. Preliminary investigation suggests Yates was in a wheelchair when he was hit by a passing vehicle in or near the road. The driver left the scene after the collision but was identified by police later that day.

Yates suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on David Yates Hit-and-Run in Corpus Christi

A common mistake I see after these incidents is people thinking there's little else to know. The suspect allegedly fled the scene after hurting the victim and was caught soon after. Aside from possible charges, what else is there?

For starters, there's the lingering question of why she took off. There's a number of common reasons hit-and-run drivers flee the scene, but depending on why it happened in Corpus Christi another party may also have some responsibility for the victim's tragically-fatal injuries.

David Yates Killed in Hit-and-Run on Northwest Blvd in Corpus Christi, TX

What do I mean by that? Well, if the hit-and-run driver fled because she was intoxicated after being over-served at a bar, it could mean that business is partly liable for the victim's injuries under dram shop law. In that case it might have a legal duty to help the victim's loved ones recover the best they can after their terrible loss. It can't bring back what was taken from them, but the law would expect it to make what amends it could.

To be clear, I'm not saying I know alcohol was even a factor here. As I said, there are several common reasons why someone might flee after a collision. Intoxication is one of those, though, so the possibility at least bears looking into further. If the driver was drunk and a local business got her that way, that business may have some answering to do for endangering its community.

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