• October 11, 2022

Steven Patterson, Andres Rodriguez Jr. Killed in Hit-and-Run on Loop 820 in Fort Worth, TX

UPDATE (October 17, 2022): The other pedestrian killed in the Fort Worth hit-and-run has been identified as 44-year-old Andres Rodriguez Jr.

Reports now say that Rodriguez pulled his tow truck over to assist Steven Patterson at a crash site along Loop 820. As the men worked in the area a vehicle passed through and hit them both, after which its driver ran away. Police are still pursuing leads as to the driver's identity.

UPDATE (October 12, 2022): Sources have identified one of the two pedestrians killed in this accident as 34-year-old Steven Patterson.

Fort Worth, TX — October 8, 2022, two pedestrians were struck and killed by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on Loop 820 in Fort Worth.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 3:45 a.m. when officers were sent to the westbound lanes of Northwest Loop 820 near Marine Creek Parkway. Preliminary investigation determined two pedestrians were hit by a vehicle while on foot in the area for unknown reasons. The driver who struck them reportedly abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

One pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was airlifted to a hospital where they died a short time later.

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

Commentary on Steven Patterson, Andres Rodriguez Hit-and-Run

Reports say the driver ran from the scene on foot, but that at least means police have the vehicle. That's usually a good start for finding suspects, as they can often follow the paper trail back to its owner. Sometimes the registrant is the suspect, but if not they often at least know the driver.

Once police track down a suspect they can hopefully learn why they ran off after fatally harming two people. Sometimes people just panic in a stressful situation, but other times they run to hide something from law enforcement--illegal contraband like guns or drugs, active arrest warrants, or something else they think will land them in even hotter water.

Steven Patterson, Andres Rodriguez Jr. Killed in Fort Worth, TX Hit-and-Run

Many times the driver is intoxicated and in their compromised state they believe running away is their best option. If investigators find out that was true for the Fort Worth suspect, the source of that person's alcohol should be learned in case a local business violated dram shop law. In that case the business might have a legal duty to make what amends it could to both victims' families.

Before anyone can really know the specific reason the driver fled, though, police have to catch them. With the vehicle in their possession, hopefully it's just a matter of time before authorities trace it back to a suspect. It may take a little time, but I remain confident that if police stay diligent and the community cooperates then justice can be done.

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