Juliet Dedeluk Killed in Pedestrian Accident on FM 308 in Elm Mott, TX
Elm Mott, TX — August 16, 2022, 22-year-old pedestrian Juliet Dedeluk was struck and killed by a vehicle on FM 308 in Elm Mott.
Reports say the incident happened shortly before 10:40 p.m. on FM 308 near Leuschner Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Dedeluk was in or near the roadway when an eastbound Ford F-150 struck her and caused fatal injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Juliet Dedeluk Accident in Elm Mott
Reports about this accident seem to lay a lot of the responsibility for it on the victim. They don't directly point fingers, but reports included some comments from investigators encouraging pedestrian to cross only in marked areas or at least in ones with enough proper lighting, as well as to look both ways and wait for suitable gaps in traffic.
It's not that those tips aren't helpful, but folks should be aware that pedestrian accidents aren't as clear-cut as the news and police make them sound. The victim isn't to blame just for existing in the road, and it's always important to investigate carefully and learn all the facts before drawing conclusions.
Here's a few lingering questions that still need answers: How long was the victim in the area before the truck passed through? Where precisely was she in or near the road? Images of the area don't show many streetlights, so were the pickup's headlights on? How fast was it traveling? Was the driver's full attention on the road? Where were both parties before they met on FM 308?
Those questions aren't about making things more complicated or pointing fingers. I'm really just saying what I often do: When someone is hurt or killed in a crash like this, it's important that steps be taken to learn exactly how and why that occurred. Reflexively blaming someone or something without waiting for all the facts is unfair to those involved--just as true for police as it is for readers making guesses in the comments.