• August 18, 2022

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 that Dedeluk was allegedly lying in the roadway when an eastbound Ford F-150 approached. The driver told investigators she didn't see Dedeluk until she was unable to avoid her; the pickup struck her and caused fatal injuries. After the impact the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Juliet Dedeluk Accident in Elm Mott

UPDATE (December 21, 2022): Investigators later added blood-test results that showed the accident victim had an approximate blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .258 at the time. I don't say that in judgment or to begin some sermon, but if there's a chance she passed out in the road due to being intoxicated then it's important to find out how and where she got that way. Why? Because another party--one too often overlooked by police--may be partly responsible for the tragic outcome of that crash.

Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when ensuring crash victims and their loved ones get justice. More than that, it may ensure that a business toes the line and stops endangering its customers and community. Isn't that more than enough reason to look into it?

Juliet Dedeluk Killed in Pedestrian Accident on FM 308 in Elm Mott, TX

ORIGINAL: 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 pedestrians 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.

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