Bicyclist Killed, Juan Robledo-Delgado Arrested in Grand Prairie, TX Hit-and-Run
Grand Prairie, TX — September 18, 2022, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on West Jefferson Street in Grand Prairie.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. along the 2500 block of West Jefferson. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a bicycle in the area when he was struck and fatally injured by a passing Honda vehicle. The Honda driver, later found and identified as 30-year-old Juan Robledo-Delgado, then left the scene without rendering aid or calling for help.
The cyclist was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Robledo-Delgado was arrested on suspicion of leaving an accident involving personal injury or death.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Fatal Hit-and-Run on Jefferson in Grand Prairie
Hit-and-run crashes are always frustrating. It seems like stopping and helping after causing catastrophic damage is the least anyone could do, so the idea that someone abandoned a victim in the roadway in an effort to save their own hide makes me see red. I always find myself asking the same question I assume most people do: "Why did they run?"
With a suspect already in custody, hopefully police can quickly find an answer to that. Some may assume the driver just panicked or selfishly wanted to avoid trouble, and that may yet turn out to be true. However, investigators often find they had something to hide--warrants, drugs, drunk driving, or something else they figured would worsen the consequences of being caught.
Drunk driving might add certain legal questions about where the driver was drinking and whether a business may be liable for the victim's tragic death, so it's important to look into the events prior to the accident as well.
Of course, before punishments or circumstances can really be properly considered the whole story must be known. Police might get everything from the driver, or there may be need for further investigation. Either way, the victim's loved ones deserve to know that justice will be served to all those responsible for their loss.