Portia Dickens Killed in Hit-and-Run on Esperanza Road in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX — July 8, 2022, 71-year-old Portia Dickens was struck and killed by a hit-and-run vehicle on Esperanza Road in Far North Dallas.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on the 13400 block of Esperanza near Brookgreen Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a large dark-colored SUV was headed north in the area when it struck Dickens as she crossed westward in a marked crosswalk. The driver then continued away from the scene without stopping.
Dickens suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Investigators continue to search for the hit-and-run vehicle and driver and ask the public to contact them with any information.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Portia Dickens Hit-and-Run in Dallas
It's always sad and frustrating to learn of another Texas hit-and-run. It boggles the mind that anyone is capable of leaving someone dying in the street after causing them harm. The circumstances of each accident may vary some, but the anger and questions they create are largely the same.
One of the biggest questions lingering in the wake of a hit-and-run is simple "Why?" Why did the crash happen, and why did the driver leave the scene? Many other questions follow: Were they just scared? Did they panic? Or was it a conscious effort to avoid responsibility? Is it possible they had something to hide, like warrants or an expired license? Were they drunk and not thinking clearly?
One, several, or none of those could be involved here, but before motives and details can be established the runaway driver has to be located. Hopefully someone will recognize the hit-and-run vehicle from its description and photos captured by local surveillance cameras, then contact police. If authorities release any new details and developments and the public is vigilant and cooperative, I'm confident this can be properly resolved. Any steps beyond simply bringing the driver to justice would depend on what investigators learn.