Kayci McCrory Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-10 in El Paso, TX
UPDATE (November 8, 2022): Sources say an anonymous tip led investigators to arrest 42-year-old Hector Saenz in connection to the hit-and-run crash that took the life of Kayci McCrory.
El Paso, TX — November 6, 2022, 25-year-old Kayci Deaundre McCrory was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 10 in El Paso.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on I-10 east near Dallas Street. Preliminary investigation suggests McCrory was riding an electric bicycle in the far-right lane of the roadway when he was struck by a passing Ford Raptor pickup. The striking driver reportedly didn't stop after the impact. A second vehicle also hit McCrory as he lay in the road; that driver remained at the scene and called for help.
McCrory was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation continues as police seek more information about the hit-and-run vehicle, which they say may have heavy front-end damage after the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Kayci McCrory Hit-and-Run in El Paso
UPDATE (November 8, 2022): I'm glad to learn that public cooperation seems to have helped police apprehend a suspect in relation to this terrible incident. However, as I mentioned previously the work isn't done just because someone was booked into jail. There's still the matter of learning precisely why the driver chose to leave a man to die on the highway. Did he just panic, or is there more to the story? Di he have warrants or an expired license? Was he intoxicated--which could have further important implications?
I don't want to speculate too much about the suspect's motives or suggest I know more than reports say. I just hope that police don't consider the job done just by catching someone, and instead learn the rest of the story surrounding this tragic accident. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the whole truth, and everyone responsible for their loss should be held accountable.
ORIGINAL: It's saddening and frustrating to see reports like this, yet new hit-and-run accidents pop up almost daily. I'd imagine folks in many Texas communities are sick of finding out someone hurt their family, friend, or neighbor and then fled from taking responsibility. That's why in many cases community members keep a watchful eye out for vehicles mentioned in these reports, then reach out to police if they see something helpful.
That may already have taken place here to some degree if police are able to say that the runaway vehicle is a damaged Ford Raptor. While I'm sure there are many of those around El Paso, knowing the make and model of the vehicle is a huge step forward. With that information distributed to the public hopefully someone will spot the vehicle soon and call a tip line. In the meantime police should continue to seek any sources of further information they can find--including learning as much as possible about the cause and circumstances of the collision.
When (and I say when, not if) the driver is located, hopefully authorities can find out more about why specifically they chose to abandon the scene. That information could prove critical when determining how best to help the people hurt by what happened. As long as police remain diligent and the public cooperates with the investigation, I'm hopeful justice can be done here.