Pedestrian Injured in Hit-and-Run on Dogwood Place in Plano, TX
Plano, TX — June 29, 2022, a 26-year-old pedestrian was hit and seriously injured by a vehicle on Dogwood Place in Plano.
Reports say the incident happened around 8:55 p.m. on Dogwood near Ashwood Circle. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda Civic was traveling at alleged high speeds on Ashwood when the driver turned left onto eastbound Dogwood. While turning the Honda hit a pedestrian that was allegedly sitting in the roadway near a private parking lot. The impact pulled the pedestrian underneath the vehicle. After possibly running the victim over, the Honda left the scene without stopping.
The pedestrian suffered serious injuries in the collision.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Hit-and-Run on Dogwood Place in Plano
Reports say the Honda left the scene of the accident, but they also seem to identify it and its driver so police must have located them both during the investigation. I hope they were able to get some answers from the driver about why precisely he thought it was alright to leave the scene after causing major injuries to someone.
One possible theory is that he may have been intoxicated. Police mentioned alcohol consumption as a possible factor here--for both the driver and the pedestrian, actually. That's an important detail to follow up on in both cases, as if either or both were served alcohol in excess by a local business then someone besides the hit-and-run driver might be liable for the damage done to the victim.
Texas dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol provider (bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) may not sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they do and that customer causes or suffers injuries due to being drunk, the business may have a legal duty to help anyone he hurt.
It's not even certain that alcohol was really a factor here, let alone that a bar over-served anyone. I'm not pointing fingers or saying dram shop definitely applies; it's just a helpful area of the law that many people hurt by alcohol never even know exists, so I provide the basics after wrecks where it might be useful. Only further careful investigation could really say what happened in Plano and why; if police don't plan to dig deep and find the whole story, the victim may be better off having independent experts look again on his behalf.