• October 17, 2022

Daniel Navia Killed in Hit-and-Run on Allen Parkway in Houston, TX

UPDATE (November 1, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as Daniel Navia. 29-year-old Matthew Granados, the driver who allegedly hit Navia and then fled on foot, has been charged with failure to stop and render aid.

Houston, TX — October 15, 2022, a 26-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run collision on Allen Parkway in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. in the area of 1900 Allen Parkway near Buffalo Bayou. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a motorcycle west in the area when a black Dodge Ram pickup, headed east in the westbound lanes, crashed into him head-on. After the impact the pickup swerved into a nearby light post and came to a stop; the driver then fled on foot without checking on the victim or calling for help.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Commentary on Daniel Navia Hit-and-Run on Allen Pkwy

UPDATE (November 1, 2022): It seems police identified the hit-and-run suspect here and took him into custody (though he has posted bond since). I'm relieved they were able to locate and charge him considering the terrible damage he reportedly dealt and then ran away from.

Reports say he's only been charged with simple failure to stop. Maybe that's the most authorities could pin on him, but the charge itself doesn't really grant any insight in what specifically led him to run away. As I mentioned before, that's still crucial information to know in case anyone else should also be held accountable for their part in the terrible damage done.

Maybe this was solely the doing of a man who just panicked and ran, but I think the victim's family deserves to know for sure. With a name and face attached to the incident, will police consider the matter closed? If so, should someone take another look in case there's more to the story?

ORIGINAL: Reports say the driver ran from the scene on foot, but that at least means police have the truck. That's often a good start for finding suspects, as authorities can follow the vehicle's paper trail back to its owner. Many times the registrant is the suspect, but if not they often at least know who was last driving their vehicle.

Once police track down a suspect they can hopefully learn why they ran off after fatally harming someone. Sometimes it's just a matter of panic during 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.

In some cases the driver is intoxicated and believes running away is their best option. If investigators find out that was true for the Houston 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 amends to the victim's family for its role in his fatal injuries.

Before questions of motive or consequences can really be considered, though, police must first find the suspect. With the vehicle in their possession, hopefully it's just a matter of time before authorities trace it back to someone with some answers. If that bears no fruit, maybe someone in the community will reach out with helpful information. It may take a little time, but I remain confident that justice will be done.

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