• August 25, 2022

Erick Hernandez Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Slaughter Lane in Austin, TX

UPDATE (August 30, 2022): Reports have identified the victim of this accident as 33-year-old Erick Hernandez. It is our sad duty to report that Mr. Hernandez died of injuries he received in the collision.

Austin, TX — August 23, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle on Slaughter Lane in Austin.

Reports say the incident happened shortly before 10:50 p.m. on the 700 block of East Slaughter Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was crossing northward or southward through the road, allegedly against a "Don't Walk" signal, when a Ford Taurus approached the intersection followed by a Chevrolet C2500 pickup truck.

Reports say the Chevy started to pass around the Ford and struck the victim, after which the two vehicles collided while swerving to avoid him.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Erick Hernandez Accident on Slaughter Ln

Folks unfortunately tend to write off incidents like this where pedestrians are hit in the road. The assumption is that someone on foot in most places where vehicles travel is likely to have done something wrong, and I'd imagine the mention of the "Don't Walk" signal will just amplify those sentiments.

Rather than dismissing the whole thing out of hand like that, though, it's important to consider the greater context of the accident. There are still a lot of lingering questions about what precisely happened and why.

For instance, how long was the victim in the road before the two vehicles came within striking distance? Was he hard to see? What are visibility, lighting, and sightlines like in that area? Were both drivers paying attention to their surroundings? If not, why not? Did anyone else successfully avoid the victim before he was hit by the pickup? Where was he before walking in the area, and what did he do there? Could anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage? Are there more sources of information, like video footage from local businesses or eyewitnesses?

I don't ask those questions to overcomplicate things or point fingers. I just don't think anyone can safely assume there's nothing else to know here. Every available answer is important when trying to learn how someone was seriously hurt, which means no stone should be left unturned.

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