James Soliz Injured by Wrong-Way Driver on Holly Road in Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX — September 17, 2022, driver James Soliz was injured in a crash with a wrong-way driver in a hit-and-run on Holly Road in Corpus Christi.
Authorities say the incident happened Saturday night on Holly Road near Rodd Field Road on the South Side. Preliminary investigation suggests Soliz was traveling on the roadway when headlights approached him from a wrong-way vehicle in his lane. He reportedly honked his horn and braked in an effort to avoid a collision but a dark pickup truck crashed into his vehicle head-on. After the impact the pickup driver left the scene without rendering aid or calling for help.
Soliz suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the wreck.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on James Soliz Accident in Corpus Christi
It's always frustrating to read about another hit-and-run on Texas roads, yet it seems almost daily I see fresh reports of someone causing injuries or deaths and then fleeing the scene. Any driver willing to abandon someone they hurt that way deserves to face whatever penalties the law decides to throw at them, but before that can happen they obviously must be caught.
Luckily in this case the victim's vehicle had a dashcam which caught the moments leading up to the collision. That will likely be invaluable as police try to track the pickup truck down; with any luck it will show them a full or partial license plate number that would seriously reduce their search.
When (not if, but when) the driver is taken into custody, hopefully police can get some answers about why they bailed. Did they just panic? Were they trying to hide something else, like an expired license or drugs? Were they drunk? That's just a few of the most common things police find a driver wanted to keep away from investigators by taking off. Some of them might change a few aspects of the investigation; for instance, if the driver was drunk then a local business may be liable for the victim's injuries under Texas dram shop law.
I'm not saying I know exactly what happened on Holly Road or why. I just hope that diligence from police and cooperation from the local community will lead to an arrest and justice for the victim. I feel that justice should include everyone who played a role in his injuries, but only time can tell if anyone else should be held responsible too.