• November 01, 2022

Man in Wheelchair Injured in Hit-and-Run on North 18th St in Waco, TX

Waco, TX — October 31, 2022, a 50-year-old man in a wheelchair was struck and critically injured in a hit-and-run on North 18th Street in Waco.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 8:45 p.m. in the area of North 18th and Waco Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was in a wheelchair in the area when he was struck and critically injured by a car, believed to be a Chrysler 200 sedan. The vehicle then continued east without stopping, but investigators say the driver later turned herself in.

The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hit-and-Run on North 18th St in Waco

If there's anything positive to say about this awful incident, it's that the driver involved apparently let her conscience guide her and turned herself in. It's a relief to see that she did the right thing not long after doing the wrong one.

Some may think that with her in custody there's little else to say, but the investigation shouldn't end there. It's also important to learn why she left the scene in the first place. Did she just panic in the moment? Did she have something else to hide--invalid license, warrants, DWI, or something else? Were there other factors she thought would make the situation worse for her?

Man in Wheelchair Injured in Hit-and-Run on North 18th St in Waco, TX

I'm not trying to come down too hard on the driver here. I wasn't there, I don't know her, and it's to her credit that she went to the police. Perhaps there's nothing more to this than a brief flight response in a stressful situation. Things don't have to be more complicated that that, but it's important to learn as many details as possible after just about any accident. The victim deserves no less than the whole story, and any sources of help that story might reveal.

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