• October 12, 2022

Javier Monzon-Villafranco Injured in Fort Worth, TX Hit-and-Run on Trail Lake Drive

Fort Worth, TX — August 11, 2022, 54-year-old Javier Monzon-Villafranco was seriously injured in a hit-and-run on Trail Lake Drive in Fort Worth.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. on Trail Lake near Wedgmont Circle. Preliminary investigation suggests 41-year-old Benjamin Zimmerer was driving a Ram 1500 pickup truck southwest on Trail Lake when it approached Monzon-Villafranco, who was sitting on the edge of a parked Chevy Silverado's bed in front of 5404 Trail Lake.

Reports say the Ram crashed into the back-left of the Silverado, which ejected Monzon-Villafranco onto the nearby property's lawn. Zimmerer then fled the scene without stopping or calling for help, but was later located and charged.

Monzon-Villafranco suffered serious injuries in the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Javier Monzon-Villafranco Hit-and-Run in Fort Worth

Hopefully with the suspect in custody police can learn something about his motivations for leaving the scene after seriously injuring someone. What on earth could have possessed him to do that?

That has many possible answers including simple panic, but investigators often find that a driver took off because they had something else to hide. That could be any number of things, including active warrants or no license, but many times it's learned they took off because they didn't want police to find out they were intoxicated. I'm not saying that happened in Fort Worth, but investigators should at least look into that possibility--which could have further implications (and another possible suspect) under Texas dram shop law.

Javier Monzon-Villafranco Injured, Benjamin Zimmerer Arrested in Fort Worth, TX Hit-and-Run

I'm not claiming to know exactly what happened on Trail Lake Drive, but many crashes including hit-and-runs are more complicated and layered than they may seem. Some may think this matter is close to closed since police caught and charged a "bad guy," but depending on his reasons for fleeing the scene there may be more work to do. Right now further action, if any, largely depends on what investigators find out.

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