Reynaldo Escalante Struck by Two Hit-and-Run Vehicles, Dies on Fort Worth Ave in Dallas, TX
UPDATE (October 24, 2022): Authorities have arrested 18-year-old Luisa Martinez as one of the two drivers to strike Reynaldo Escalante. Reports didn't clarify whether she was believed to be the first or second driver to hit the victim, but she was charged with accident involving death.
UPDATE (October 11, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 50-year-old Reynaldo Escalante.
Dallas, TX — September 24, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck by two vehicles and died in a dual hit-and-run on Fort Worth Avenue in Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. along the 3000 block of Fort Worth Avenue in West Oak Cliff. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was in the roadway for unknown reasons when a westbound vehicle of unknown make or model passed through and hit him. The pedestrian was thrown into the middle lane and the striking vehicle left the scene without stopping.
Witnesses stopped to render aid to the injured pedestrian, during which time he was reportedly hit a second time by a passing red Chevrolet Cruze that also fled without stopping.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Reynaldo Escalante Hit-and-Run in Dallas
It's shameful and hugely frustrating to read that not one but two drivers apparently fled the scene after one or both caused devastating damage. I don't really believe for a moment that neither realized what happened, so whatever compelled them to leave a critically-injured man in the street it's important to find them and see what they have to say for themselves.
For that to happen police must stay diligent and community members should come forward with any information they can provide about either or both vehicles and drivers. Meanwhile authorities have to look for any other sources of information they can: debris from the collisions, witness statements, footage from any nearby business or home cameras--anything and everything that could provide some leads.
When (not if, but when) the suspects either turn themselves in or are apprehended, hopefully investigators can find some answers. They might simply have panicked or made a conscious decision to try and avoid consequences, but it's also possible they had something to hide like illegal contraband, outstanding warrants, or drunk driving--which could have further implications.
Only time and thorough investigation will resolve this, but if everyone does their part I'm hopeful that justice can be served. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.