• October 11, 2022

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle, Dies on Interstate 30 in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX — October 2, 2022, a 23-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle and died on Interstate 30 in Old East Dallas.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 3:00 a.m. when sheriff's deputies located the victim in the travel lanes of I-30 near South Carroll Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda Civic was traveling west on the highway when the victim, allegedly wearing dark clothing, attempted to run north through the road to the other side. The car fatally struck her in the far right westbound lane. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dallas Pedestrian Accident on I-30

Police say the victim ran through the road as the car approached, and their mention of her dark clothing suggests they think she was hard for the driver to see. I don't have any specific reason to dispute either of those points, but I also don't think the books can be shut just yet on this matter. Careful and thorough investigation is still merited to learn whether the accident could or should reasonably have been avoided.

I-30 near South Carroll isn't exactly a bustling metropolis, but photos of that area show the highway is lined with lights and the frontage roads on either side have several businesses, most of which presumably have at least a few lights on at night. In no way am I accusing the driver of anything, but at the same time it doesn't seem like the whole thing can safely be chalked up to limited visibility.

There are still many questions to answer, such as: Where did the victim come that put her in the highway at 3 a.m.? Speaking of being on the highway, how fast was the vehicle traveling? Was the driver's full attention on their surroundings? Were any other drivers in the area who could add more perspective to the accident?

That's just a few of the many questions that still need attention to learn the whole story, and yet I wonder how much more work police will really do here. If they're satisfied and the victim's loved ones aren't--a fairly common issue--then perhaps someone else with the right training and tools should step in and look again.

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