Hailey Reed Killed in Attempted Hit-and-Run on Westheimer Rd in Houston, TX
UPDATE (November 16, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 19-year-old Hailey Reed.
Houston, TX — October 15, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver on Westheimer Road in west Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened early Saturday morning in the area of 6400 Westheimer at Winrock Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests two women were crossing Westheimer when a pickup truck passed through and hit one of them. The driver attempted to flee the scene but witnesses stopped the truck from leaving before police arrived.
The woman struck by the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Hailey Reed Hit-and-Run on Westheimer Rd
If police find evidence confirming their suspicions that the driver was intoxicated, that person may face some harsh penalties for making several bad choices that night. Before thinking criminal charges are the final piece of the puzzle, though, there may be something else to investigate.
In Texas and many other states, dram shop law holds bars and other alcohol vendors responsible for over-serving their customers. Considering how dangerous DWI crashes really are and how serious their penalties can be, it seems only right that businesses who provide the "I" part of that be held accountable as well. They're prohibited from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers, yet time and again they refill the glasses of folks clearly past their limits. When they do that and then send those customers stumbling out the door and onto local roads, dram shop law holds them accountable for putting everyone in danger.
Not every crash starts with a dram violation, but finding out the source of the suspect's alcohol is generally a wise step to take. Unfortunately, police rarely spend the time to do that and many negligent bars walk away scot-free. To make sure they're held accountable for their recklessness AND to ensure they make amends to the people hurt by it, further steps beyond a police investigation may be necessary.