Martin Duboulet Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Wells Branch Pkwy in Pflugerville, TX
UPDATE (December 5, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Martin Duboulet. It is our sad duty to report that Mr. Duboulet succumbed to his injuries at a hospital on Sunday, November 27.
Pflugerville, TX — November 17, 2022, one person was critically injured in an auto-pedestrian accident on Wells Branch Parkway in Pflugerville.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 7:20 p.m. on the 1400 block of West Wells Branch Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a vehicle and a pedestrian collided in the area and one person received traumatic injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Martin Duboulet Accident in Pflugerville
Even after situations like this where it's near-impossible to say what happened, I see a lot of comments popping up on news sites saying the pedestrian "shouldn't have been there." It's true that being in a raod without protections like signals or crosswalks can be risky, but just about any kind of accident is more complex than that makes it sound.
For one thing, the law holds drivers responsible for avoiding any accidents they reasonably can. If a careful investigation found that the driver wasn't taking appropriate care when they hit the pedestrian, then that careless behavior could be considered a factor in what followed. However, if evidence shows the driver was acting reasonably prudent had no way to avoid the victim then it wouldn't be right to hold them responsible. Other factors like low visibility, obstructed sightlines, vehicle malfunctions, possible intoxication, and many others should also be considered while learning the facts.
I don't say all that to muddy the waters or to say I know more than reports let on. It's just important to keep in mind these accidents aren't always straightforward. A full investigation should be conducted so only the facts tell the final story. Anything beyond that would depend on what the story turns out to be.