Esperanza Guillen Killed in Hit-and-Run on Woodlands Drive in Lindale, TX
Lindale, TX — July 4, 2022, 37-year-old Esperanza Guillen died in a hit-and-run on Woodlands Drive (County Road 4191) in Lindale.
According to reports the incident happened shortly after 2:00 a.m. along Woodlands Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Guillen was riding a Zhejiang TaoTao EVO 50 scooter south on the roadway as a Buick Century was northbound on the other side of the road.
Investigators say the Buick driver didn't stay on their side of the road and hit the scooter, then fled the scene. Guillen was fatally injured in the crash.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Fatal Hit-and-Run on Woodlands Dr in Lindale
It's always frustrating and disappointing to read about incidents like this one in the news. Whatever compelled someone to leave the scene after causing fatal harm, it's clearly important to track them down and see what they have to say for themselves.
To that end, police must stay diligent and community members should come forward with any information they can provide about the suspect. It doesn't seem like any specific suspects have been ID'd so far, but it's encouraging that authorities seem to know the make and model of vehicle they're looking for. That's more than police often have to work with, but they'll need more to finish the job.
That's why it's important to share any new details or developments with the community so they can keep an eye out for the vehicle and its operator. Getting the available information to the public eye often leads to someone connecting the dots and reaching out to a tip line.
Once the suspect is in custody hopefully investigators will find out what compelled them to abandon the scene and the person they fatally injured. They might simply have panicked, but in many cases something else (illegal contraband, outstanding warrants, drunk driving) contributed to their poor decision. It may take a little time, but if everyone stays vigilant and cooperates I remain confident justice can be served.