11yo Girl Killed in Hit-and-Run on FM 1696 in Walker County, TX
Walker County, TX — July 2, 2022, an 11-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle in an overnight hit-and-run on FM 1696 in Walker County.
According to reports the incident happened some time between Friday night and Saturday morning on the 200 block of FM 1696, roughly two miles outside Huntsville. Preliminary investigation suggests the girl was walking in or by the roadway when she was hit by an unknown vehicle. After the collision the driver fled the scene.
The incident remains under investigation and police ask the public to contact them with any information.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Hit-and-Run on FM 1696 in Walker County
It's always frustrating to read about another Texas hit-and-run, but when the victim is a child that really takes things to another level. I doubt I'm alone in hoping the driver is located and justice is done in the near future. Police don't seem to have many leads yet, but I hope that will change in the near future. Was anyone around who could provide more information? Did the vehicle leave any pieces behind with traceable serial numbers or identifying features? Did anyone see a vehicle with obvious damage pass through the area?
Images of that part of FM 1696 seem to show a fairly rural stretch of road without streetlights, so leads may be hard to come by at first. However, police often gain traction in investigations like this by releasing anything and everything they have or learn to the public, and in turn the public helps them by providing any new information they can.
Maybe the suspect will just contact police when their conscience kicks in, but unfortunately that can't be counted on. Coordinated efforts from law enforcement and the community may be needed, but I believe if everyone stays vigilant and cooperates justice will be done.