Heath McAdams Killed in Possible Hit-and-Run on US-83 in Broaddus, TX
Broaddus, TX — September 4, 2022, 18-year-old pedestrian Heath McAdams died in a possible hit-and-run accident on U.S. Highway 83 in Broaddus.
Authorities say the incident happened some time before 2:00 a.m. Sunday when McAdams was found off US-83 near Anthony Harbor. Police are still investigating the circumstances of his death but say he sustained injuries that suggest he was fatally struck by a motor vehicle.
The investigation continues. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Heath McAdams Accident in Broaddus
Hit-and-run crashes are always frustrating to read about, but rarely more so than when a young life is tragically ended by one. Stopping and helping after causing devastating damage seems like the least anyone could do, and the idea that someone would abandon a victim this way makes me see red. I always find myself asking the same question I assume most folks do: "Why on earth did they run?"
Some may think whoever hit the victim just panicked, and that may be true. However, in many cases they take off because they had something to hide like warrants, drugs, or drunk driving. Frankly, few causes are more common in a hit-and-run than intoxication. I have a feeling police will at least look into it, and in doing so they might learn that a local business is also responsible for the victim's tragic death under dram shop law.
Before the driver's motives for running away can be identified, however, they must be found. That means keeping any new details and developments in the public eye and the community helping authorities however they can. It may take a little time but I remain hopeful someone will do what's right. I've seen plenty of incidents where a suspect's friends, coworkers, and even their families helped get justice for victims and their loved ones. After the driver is caught and the details of this incident are clearer, further action beyond that--if any--can be determined.