• September 20, 2022

Elijah Otis Somerville Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- September 17, 2022, Elijah Otis Somerville was killed after an accident where a vehicle struck Somerville in the road.

Preliminary statements showed that the collision occurred at around 10:00 p.m. along Highway 6 near Huffmeister Road.

Officials said that Elijah Otis Somerville was walking and attempted to cross lanes of the highway. While doing so, a vehicle struck Somerville. This resulted in fatal injuries. Police say only that the driver did not appear intoxicated. No other details are available at this time.

Commentary on Elijah Otis Somerville Pedestrian Accident in Harris County

With pedestrian accidents like this, people are unfortunately too willing to just assume the pedestrian was being reckless and got themselves killed. Frankly, that does happen. But it's important to let the facts speak for themselves. Things aren't always so simple, and a grieving family at least deserves to know they're getting the full story.

Elijah Otis Somerville Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Harris County, TX

For example, I had an incident come to me in which a pedestrian was hit on the highway. Further investigations revealed he'd been illegally over-served by a local establishment to the point he became disoriented while walking home. That resulted in him mistakenly walking into traffic, and a car hit and killed him.

What folks no doubt thought was nothing out of the ordinary turned out to be a business responsible under dram shop law for contributing to a man's death. I'm not saying that happened here, but that's one of the possibilities that can get the proper attention so long as experienced professionals are looking into things.

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