• August 31, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Pickup on FM 1485 in Montgomery County, TX

Montgomery County, TX — August 30, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck and fatally injured by a pickup truck on Farm to Market Road 1485 in Montgomery County.

Reports say the incident happened around 9:40 p.m. on southbound FM 1485 near Highway 242. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim, a man in his 20s, was walking south on the shoulder when a passing Ford F-150 pickup hit him.

The victim suffered critical injuries in the collision and was taken to a hospital in The Woodlands where he died a short time later.

Investigators are working to determine whether the pedestrian was partially in the road or if the pickup entered the shoulder. They determined the driver was not impaired at the time.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Montgomery County Pedestrian Accident on FM 1485

Investigators seem to have ruled out drunk driving as a contributing factor here. Obviously I'm glad any time I learn someone didn't make that dangerous mistake, but at the same time I notice they didn't mention whether they thought the pedestrian might have been under the influence.

If mentioning that upsets anyone, that's certainly not my intention. Some may not even think it's necessary to find out whether he was impaired; he wasn't driving and is now beyond the law's reach, so why even check? Because that detail may make things more complex than some realize.

Here's an example: Not long ago a family came to me about a loved one who was hit and killed by a car after he walked onto a freeway ramp. They didn't understand why he was there and police reports didn't shed much light on it, so they asked us to look again.

Our investigations revealed that he spent the day drinking at a bowling alley, which illegally kept serving him drinks despite his obvious intoxication. Because the bar served him far past his limits and he wound up in a fatal accident while too drunk to think straight, the business was liable for their role in his death under Texas dram shop law.

It's possible nothing of the sort was involved in Montgomery County, and to be crystal clear I'm not making any accusations. Many possible factors could have resulted in the pickup tragically hitting the victim, and hopefully police will invest the time and effort needed to check them all. If they don't plan to do that, perhaps someone else should step in and do a more thorough job.

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