Charlotte Rankin Killed in Hit-and-Run on West Division Street in Arlington, TX
UPDATE (October 25, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 68-year-old Charlotte Rankin.
Arlington, TX — October 22, 2022, a female pedestrian was killed by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on West Division Street in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened some time before 2:50 a.m. when officers responded to a call about an unresponsive woman near the road on the 1300 block of West Division Street. Preliminary investigation suggests she was trying to cross the road when she was fatally struck by a westbound vehicle. The driver left the scene without stopping or calling for help.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation continues as police seek more information about the hit-and-run vehicle, which they believe may have damage to its front-passenger side.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Charlotte Rankin Hit-and-Run on Division Street
It's hugely frustrating to see reports like this, and I'd imagine folks in Arlington and every other Texas community are sick of these incidents taking place on their roads. That's why in many cases tracking down hit-and-run drivers is a matter of police efforts and cooperation from locals.
If law enforcement keeps any new details and developments in the public eye, someone will often use them to spot the suspect and/or their vehicle. Police may not have many details to offer yet about this specific hit-and-run, but hopefully further investigation will turn up traffic, business, or residence camera footage, eyewitnesses that saw a damaged vehicle pass through, or even debris at the scene with trackable serial numbers to help them narrow the search. Providing any helpful information to the public may lead to someone--a friend, family member, coworker, or even just a stranger--identifying the vehicle and calling a tip line.
When (and I say when, not if) the driver is located, hopefully police can find out more about what on earth compelled them to flee--and with the fleeing over, exactly what sort of justice is called for to help the victim's loved ones gain some closure. I remain hopeful continued efforts will lead to a resolution for this tragic event.