Edwin Favela Killed by Street Racers in Houston, TX Hit-and-Run
UPDATE (September 21, 2022): Authorities later disclosed that they identified and arrested 19-year-old Alejandro Monsibais on charges of failure to stop and render aid after hitting Edwin Favela during an alleged street race. Police are still searching for the other racer.
Houston, TX — August 19, 2022, 21-year-old Edwin Favela was fatally injured when his motorcycle was allegedly hit by street racers in Houston.
Reports say the incident happened early Friday morning as Favela was traveling home after work near Hardy and Muni roads. Surveillance video from a nearby home camera shows Favela begin to make a turn on his Kawasaki motorcycle when two racing vehicles crashed into him. The cars then sped away from the scene. Footage from a gas station security camera a few blocks away also showed two vehicles speeding by on the highway feeder road.
Favela was critically injured and was transported to an area hospital where he died a short time later.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Edwin Favela Hit-and-Run in Houston
UPDATE (September 21, 2022): It seems as though the driver who actually struck and killed the victim was later caught and is being made to answer for his crimes. Clearly that's a giant step forward in securing justice for the victim's grieving loved ones, but I can't help but feel like there are still some loose ends that should be tied up--particularly finding out exactly why the two drivers felt compelled to illegally race through the streets and put others in harm's way. Was it just a matter of cheap thrills, or was their judgment compromised somehow?
I'm at least glad to see that criminal repercussions are in the works, but I would also like to see everyone responsible for the damage done made to answer for their part. Hopefully before this business concludes that will be done.
ORIGINAL: It's deeply shameful and enormously frustrating to read about this terrible incident and to know that not one but two drivers fled the scene after one or both caused devastating damage. I don't believe for a moment that they didn't realize what happened, so whatever compelled them to leave a critically-injured man in the street it's important to find them and see what they have to say for themselves.
For that to happen police must stay diligent and community members should come forward with any information they can provide about either or both vehicles and drivers. Hopefully the gas station's footage can be analyzed to at least find a rough make, model, and year for the cars, but hopefully authorities are hard at work looking for more than can help them pinpoint the offenders and locate them.
When (not if, but when) the suspects either turn themselves in or are apprehended, hopefully investigators can find some answers. They might simply have panicked or made a conscious decision to try and avoid consequences for racing one another, but it's also possible they had something to hide like illegal contraband, outstanding warrants, or drunk driving. Only time and thorough investigation could say, but if everyone does their part I'm hopeful that justice can be served. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.