• October 06, 2022

Saroj Pandey Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on University Drive in McKinney, TX

McKinney, TX — August 10, 2022, 28-year-old Saroj Pandey died in a collision with a commercial truck on University Drive in McKinney.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:55 a.m. on West University near Terry Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Pandey was riding a bicycle east on the road when a commercial truck approached from behind and hit him. Investigators found business surveillance video of the truck dragging the bike as it passed by. It left the scene without stopping.

Pandey was ejected from the bike during the collision and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Saroj Pandey Hit-and-Run in McKinney

I know many people feel like many hit-and-runs are difficult, perhaps impossible, to solve--even when the vehicle that flees is as large and conspicuous as an 18-wheeler. It's important not to lose hope, though; even months after a crash, someone may connect the dots and come forward to help.

In a recent case, for example, a family came to us after their loved one was fatally hit by an 18-wheeler. The trucker fled the scene and authorities couldn't find enough information to identify the truck or a suspect. To help out we circulated all the known details and developments through the blog, and a couple eventually contacted us saying they witnessed the crash first-hand.

It turns out they saw what happened, followed the truck, wrote down its company information and license plate, and only stopped because the trucker tried to run them off the road. They went to the police with what they had but somehow the information got misplaced and no one ever followed up. When that effort bore no fruit, the couple contacted us and we made sure the information was put to use.

Saroj Pandey Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run in McKinney, TX

Thanks to their efforts the runaway truck driver (who it turned out was high on meth at the time and didn't want to be caught) answered for his actions. Moreover, his employer was held properly accountable for the damage he caused and the victim's family got some much-needed help and closure.

I can't guarantee that outcome every time, but it's possible that similar efforts after the McKinney accident could get results. If someone witnessed the wreck or even just saw a damaged truck dragging a bicycle soon afterward, they could still come forward. Investigators can then find out more about what caused the crash and who's responsible. I'm sure they're doing their best to resolve this, but maybe independent efforts would also help move things forward.

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