Pedestrian Injured, Driver Charged in Alleged Hit-and-run Accident in Killeen, TX
Killeen, TX -- February 23, 2022, one person was injured following an accident which police now allege involved an intoxicated driver.
Officials say that the incident happened on February 23. An unidentified pedestrian was walking along the road when a vehicle reportedly went off-road, onto the sidewalk, then hit the pedestrian. The driver of that vehicle allegedly then fled the scene but was later arrested.
The pedestrian's current condition is unclear at this time. As of September 22, authorities say that Eric Allen Hatchett currently faces charges for intoxication assault in connection with the accident. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Alleged Pedestrian Hit-and-run Accident in Killeen
If the allegations here prove to be true, then it is a positive step to see action taken even this long after an accident. Anytime intoxicated driving leads to people getting hurt, it clearly needs to be taken seriously. But one thing to consider is if the supposed intoxicated driver is the only one responsible here. Depending on certain factors, there could be an accomplice that also needs to take responsibility.
Put simply, when alcohol leads to an accident, it is unique from intoxication due to drugs because there is usually an alcohol provider involved, such as a bar or restaurant. In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication.
As investigations here continue, it's important to address all of these possible factors. Not only could there be a business out there continuing to put people in danger, but there could be an opportunity for a family to get some much needed help.