Christopher “Buckle” Yarbro Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Highway 7 in Marlin, TX
Marlin, TX — November 9, 2022, pedestrian Christopher "Buckle" Yarbro was struck and killed by a vehicle on State Highway 7 in Marlin.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:10 p.m. on the 5000 block of Highway 7 East. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Yarbro was on foot in the road, possibly trying to move a family dog which had been killed by a car, when he was some how hit and fatally injured by a passing vehicle.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Christopher Yarbro Accident in Marlin
It's not entirely clear what happened here yet, but hopefully investigators are hard at work putting more details together. Some may think there's little more to say if a pedestrian was hit on a busy road, but few accidents are really as simple as a few sentences in the news make them sound.
Like all accidents, it's important to find out if this one was (or at least should have been) avoidable. The sun was down by that time, so what's lighting like in the area? How long was the victim in the roadway before the vehicle passed through? Were the driver's headlights on? Was that person awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings?
I'm not trying to point fingers or say I know something police don't; all I'm saying is no one should jump to conclusions before all the facts are in. If careful investigation found the driver was doing something that kept them from reacting appropriately, they might be partly responsible for what happened. Conversely, if it was found they really couldn't have done anything differently then it's just as important to clear their name.
A full investigation must be conducted to be sure the victim's loved ones receive the answers they deserve. If there's anything to do beyond that, it would likely depend on what those answers are.