John Haynes Killed in Hit-and-Run on South 1st Street in Temple, TX
UPDATE (October 26, 2022): It appears from later reports that police successfully located the white Chevrolet pickup truck that struck John Haynes. When interviewed, the Chevy driver reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the accident; he said he felt the truck make contact with something and stopped to check his rear view mirror. On seeing nothing, he left the scene.
UPDATE (September 1, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 66-year-old John Lynn Haynes.
Temple, TX — August 31, 2022, a male pedestrian died in an early-morning hit-and-run on South 1st Street in Temple.
Authorities say the incident happened around midnight in the area of South 1st and West Avenue P. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was pushing a shopping car across the street when a white pickup truck of unknown make or model struck him and then continued away southbound.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on John Haynes Hit-and-Run in Temple
UPDATE (October 26, 2022): I'm mostly just relieved to see that authorities were able to locate the hit-and-run driver from this accident. I wish any such incident could be resolved so quickly.
Having said that, a couple of details stand out to me. One is just frustrating, in that the driver supposedly only glanced at his mirrors rather than getting out to check what he might have hit. That simply seems like irresponsible behavior considering the fatal damage he dealt in the road; the moments between a collision and calling for help can be crucial and life-saving.
The other point is also disturbing, as the suspect reportedly admitted to drinking before driving. That's clearly a problem by itself and serious consequences should follow, but it also adds another wrinkle if a local business violated dram shop law by over-serving him. Not every alcohol-related accident starts with a law-breaking bar, but the source of the drinks is an important detail to figure out.
I'm not saying I know more than reports let on, but in the name of seeing everyone responsible for the victim's death held properly accountable it seems like there's more work to do. Will police get on that, or should someone else look again on behalf of his family?
ORIGINAL: It's always infuriating to see accidents like this. Someone losing their life is bad enough without the other person involved trying to avoid their responsibilities. Depending on what happened, it's possible they might not even have been in trouble had they stuck around. Of course that's not guaranteed, as many hit-and-run drivers flee the scene in an effort to hide something from authorities.
Warrants, drugs, drunk driving, expired or suspended licenses--all these and more can drive a person to leave the scene even if they're obligated to stay. Finding the suspect is the only real way to answer the question of why they took off, though, which is why having the community remain vigilant is often a productive step toward getting information for the authorities. If everyone cooperates and stays on the lookout for that pickup, I'm hopeful that someone will connect the dots here and help get the victim's loved ones some kind of resolution.