Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run on East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — September 19, 2022, a 61-year-old bicyclist was critically injured by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. on East Lancaster at the I-35W entrance ramp. Preliminary investigation suggests the cyclist was riding east on Lancaster when he was hit under unknown circumstances by a passenger vehicle. After the impact the driver fled east without stopping or rendering aid.
The cyclist suffered critical injuries and was rushed to a local hospital.
The investigation continues as police seek more information about the vehicle and its driver.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Hit-and-Run on Lancaster Ave in Fort Worth
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?"
Some may think the answer to that is simple panic or a selfish desire to avoid trouble, and that may yet turn out to be true. However, when they apprehend hit-and-run drivers investigators often find they had something to hide like warrants, drugs, or drunk driving. As the latter might add certain legal complexities about where the driver was drinking and what that could mean, 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 runaway driver will have to be identified. There's still a long road ahead, but I hope that police diligence and community cooperation will identify a suspect and bring them in. If everyone does their part, I'm confident that justice can be done.