• August 29, 2022

Lloyd McMaster Killed, Casey Howard Arrested in Amarillo, TX Hit-and-Run on Georgia Street

Amarillo, TX — August 26, 2022, 56-year-old Lloyd McMaster died and Casey Howard was arrested after a hit-and-run accident on Georgia Street in Amarillo.

Reports say the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of South Georgia Street and Interstate 40. Preliminary investigation suggests that McMaster was sitting on a sidewalk next to a crosswalk utility pole when Howard's westbound pickup passed through on the access road, ran up onto the sidewalk, and struck him.

McMaster was pronounced dead at the scene.

Howard, 20, left the scene after the collision but was stopped by police a short distance away at I-40 and Western.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Lloyd McMaster Hit-and-Run in Amarillo

If police found and arrested the driver who fled the scene, that's obviously a relief. It means they can work not only to ensure there are consequences for the accident itself but also find out what may have led the driver to take off in the first place. Sometimes a person just panics or is scared of what awaits them, but more often than not authorities find they have something to hide. Some examples would be active warrants, expired license, a stolen vehicle, or illegal contraband like drugs, but just as often it's found the driver wasn't thinking clearly due to being intoxicated.

I'm not the suspect was under the influence in Amarillo, just that it's a possibility that must be considered alongside many others. Moreover, if the driver was illegally over-served somewhere then whoever sold him his alcohol might be responsible for the victim's death under dram shop law.

All I'm really trying to get across here is that it's important to investigate this matter carefully and thorough, the same as one would any other collision. It's not enough to know the suspect fatally injured the victim without also establishing why that happened. At the very least, people who care about that man deserve all the answers they can get. If there are steps beyond that, knowing so will depend on what those answers are.

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