Ronald Luttrell Killed by Vehicle on West Pioneer Pkwy in Arlington, TX
UPDATE (December 9, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Ronald Luttrell.
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 Ronald Luttrell Accident in Arlington
When reporting information about this accident police took the opportunity to lecture about crosswalks and traffic lights, heavily implying the victim was to blame for supposedly jaywalking through the road. There may have been a more ideal place to cross, but I think most would agree that doing so another way isn't grounds to simply point fingers at 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?