Amy Pool Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Southwest Pkwy in Wichita Falls, TX
Wichita Falls, TX — June 23, 2022, 45-year-old pedestrian Amy Pool was struck and killed by a vehicle on Southwest Parkway in Wichita Falls.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Southwest Parkway and Fairway. Preliminary investigation suggests Pool was crossing southward through the Parkway from Fairway when an eastbound Nissan Titan struck her in the road's center lane. Reports say both the driver and Pool tried to evade one another but still collided in the road.
Pool was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Amy Pool Accident in Wichita Falls
After a pedestrian accident like this one I often have to contend with two mistaken beliefs that are at odds with one another: Some folks believe pedestrians always have the right-of-way, while others think they essentially never do. The law is seldom so cut-and-dried as either of those beliefs suggest, however, and the overall circumstances of an accident have to be considered to figure out if anyone should be held accountable.
Here are some details that still need to be clarified: How fast was the truck traveling? Was the pedestrian using the intersection's marked crosswalks to pass through the road? Did she have an active walk light? Could or should the driver reasonably have seen her in the road while approaching? How well-lit is that intersection at night? Was the driver's full attention on their surroundings? Where did both the driver and the pedestrian come from before meeting in the road?
That's only a handful of the many questions that still need answers to get a proper handle on what happened. The point isn't to make things more complicated, just to ensure they're fully understood. At the very least it's important to round up every available answer for the victim's loved ones. If there are any steps to take beyond just learning the truth, that will depend on what the truth turns out to be.