Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on West Pioneer Pkwy in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX — November 16, 2022, a 45-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on West Pioneer Parkway in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. on the 3800 block of West Pioneer Pkwy. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim, who was allegedly wearing dark clothing, was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when he was hit by a passing Hyundai Sonata. After the collision the driver remained at the scene.
The pedestrian was fatally injured in the accident. No other injuries were reported.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Arlington Auto-Pedestrian Accident
Police were pretty quick to point fingers at the victim in this matter, seizing an opportunity to lecture people about crosswalks and traffic lights after he supposedly jaywalked through Pioneer Parkway. I concede that there's an ideal place to cross a road, but I think most would agree that doing so another way isn't grounds to simply blame the pedestrian and move on. Few if any accidents, including those with pedestrians, are that simple.
There are a lot of questions still lingering that a full investigation should answer: How fast was the car moving? Were its lights on? Was the driver's full attention on the road? That stretch seems to have streetlights (though not many) so what were visibility conditions? Where did the pedestrian come from before the collision?
That's just a handful of many details to clarify. The point isn't to complicate things or find a "bad guy," but when a man loses his life this way it's in everyone's best interests to understand the specific and clear reason for that. Is saying "he walked in a dark street" sufficient, or should a closer look be taken in case there's more to the story?