Mark Helbert Killed, Steven Ramos Arrested in Hit-and-Run on South Grant Avenue in Odessa, TX
Odessa, TX — August 23, 2022, motorcyclist Mark Helbert was fatally injured in a hit-and-run crash on South Grant Avenue in Odessa.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:50 p.m. on South Grant at Monahans Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Helbert, 33, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on Grant as 21-year-old Steven Ramos drove a Toyota Camry west on Monahans.
Ramos allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection's stop sign, causing the car and the motorcycle to crash. He then fled the scene but was located later that night and arrested.
Helbert was taken to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries but died a short time later.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Mark Helbert Hit-and-Run in Odessa
With a suspect in custody, some may feel that more or less puts a lid on this incident and the criminal justice system will handle the rest. I understand that thinking, but there's still more work and investigation to be done. For instance, it's still important to find out exactly why the suspect fled after the accident. Did he just panic? Was he intoxicated at the time? Did he have something else--no license, drugs, or active warrants, for example--to hide?
There are still outstanding questions that need answers--not only to ensure the suspect receives appropriate charges for his actions, but also to make sure the victims and the family of the man who lost his life get all the answers and help they deserve.