Kimberly O’Donnell Killed in Hit-and-Run on Bessie St in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX -- July 31, 2022, 42-year-old pedestrian Kimberly O'Donnell was killed in a hit-and-run collision on Bessie Street in Fort Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:40 a.m. on Bessie at Riverside Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-150 pickup was traveling south on Riverside as O'Donnell was standing on the corner of the Bessie intersection.
Reports say the pickup traveled out of the southbound lane and ran up onto the corner; it struck O'Donnell and then continued forward into two unoccupied vehicles parked nearby. After the truck came to rest the driver fled on foot.
O'Donnell was trapped underneath the pickup when emergency personnel arrived. She was extricated, then transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Kimberly O'Donnell Hit-and-Run in Fort Worth
Reports say the driver ran from the scene, but it seems police have the vehicle in their possession. That's usually a good start toward finding a suspect since they can follow the pickup's paper trail back to its owner. Sometimes the registrant is the suspect, but if not the owner often knows them. It's unclear if that was the case here, but if not then I hope police are looking for other leads and communicating any new developments to the public.
When--not if, but when--police find and apprehend the runaway driver, hopefully they can learn why he or she fled the scene after causing fatal harm. It could be they just panicked, but if months have gone by and they haven't reached out things may not be that simple. They might also have fled to hide something from police --illegal contraband like guns or drugs, active arrest warrants, drunk driving, or something else they think will land them in hotter water than the accident alone might have.
Before anyone can really know more specifics, though, police have to catch the runaway driver. With the vehicle in their possession, hopefully it's just a matter of time before authorities get some actionable leads--either from tracing the pickup or from concerned citizens calling in some helpful tips. It may take some time, but I remain hopeful that if everyone cooperates that justice will be done.