Pedestrian Injured by Vehicle on Slide Road in Lubbock, TX
Lubbock, TX — September 23, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle on Slide Road in Lubbock.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 9:00 p.m. on the 5400 block of Slide Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was on foot in the area when they were hit by a passing vehicle. It's unclear if the driver remained at the scene after the collision.
The pedestrian was taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lubbock Pedestrian Accident on Slide Rd
There's a lot of information left out of these reports. Not only is it unclear what happened here, it's not even clear if the driver stuck around at the scene. Short of a hit-and-run though, some folks may see a situation like this as open-and-shut. Either the victim was in the crosswalk or not, and that's the only detail that matters...right?
Not exactly. All the variables of a crash, even one with a pedestrian, must be accounted for. Consider a situation where the pedestrian shouldn't have been in the road, but at the same time they were clearly visible and far enough away for any reasonable driver to avoid. Even if the driver had the right-of-way, would that somehow give them the go-ahead to hit the person in the road? Of course not.
A driver failing to avoid a reasonably-avoidable accident may have done something wrong, and if so it's important to find out exactly what that wrong thing was. That's why accidents like this warrant more thorough investigations, and yet I can't help but be concerned about whether authorities will give the matter the attention it deserves.