Kimberly Diaz Killed by Vehicle on MLK in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (July 28, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 18-year-old Kimberly Diaz.
San Antonio, TX — July 6, 2022, an 18-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car on Martin Luther King Drive in East San Antonio.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on MLK at Lacey Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was running across MLK in a dark area and was wearing dark clothing when an eastbound Dodge Challenger hit her. The driver stopped after the collision and called for help.
The pedestrian was taken to an area hospital where she died a short time later.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Kimberly Diaz Accident on MLK in San Antonio
There's still a lot of missing information here, but people have a tendency to write off most pedestrian accidents. I've heard "Either they were in a crosswalk or they were at fault" more times than I care to count. However, virtually every accident--including those with pedestrians--deserves more careful attention than that.
There are still many questions to resolve: How long was the victim in the road before the car arrived? Why was she there? Where did she come from and where was she headed? What about the driver? Police suggested the victim was hard to see, but how accurate is that? Images of MLK and Lacey show a streetlight attached to a utility pole right overhead; was that light on? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to the road? Were the car's headlights on? Did other vehicles successfully avoid the pedestrian?
I'm not asking all these questions to argue with police or to make any accusations. I'm only saying what I so often do: Preliminary reports don't always make a complete or accurate picture, and it's important not to treat them as the final word. It's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.