Andrea Hendrickson Killed in Hit-and-Run on Boat Club Rd in Lake Worth, TX
UPDATE (November 28, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Andrea Hendrickson. The driver that struck her and left the scene, Zenaida Gonzalez, was later located and faces a charge of failure to stop and render aid.
Lake Worth, TX — November 19, 2022, a 42-year-old pedestrian died in a hit-and-run accident on Boat Club Road in Lake Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. on the 4200 block of Boat Club Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was on foot in the area when a vehicle, believed to be a dark blue 2018-2021 Chevrolet Equinox with possible right-side damage, struck her and then left the scene without stopping.
The victim was fatally injured in the collision.
The crash remains under investigation as police encourage local residents and businesses to look for doorbell or security camera footage to see if the vehicle passed through.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Andrea Hendrickson Hit-and-Run in Lake Worth
UPDATE (November 28, 2022): The news suggests police found the hit-and-run suspected and charged her with failure to render aid. That's a serious charge and carries its own consequences, but at the same time I'm not sure it really clears up why she ran in the first place. Do police plan to figure out her motive for leaving the scene, or is it enough for them to have a "bad guy" they can charge without learning the greater context of the accident?
Some may not see the reason to look further into what happened, but as I mentioned previously the hit-and-run driver isn't always the only one to hold accountable for the terrible damage they do. If alcohol was a factor in what happened--not confirmed but not impossible at all in a 2 a.m. crash--then a local bar may need consequences of its own if it violated dram shop law. For the sake of the victim's loved ones it seems best that everyone responsible for their loss be held properly accountable. Will police efforts alone be enough to do that?
ORIGINAL: It's tragic and frustrating to learn of yet another hit-and-run on Texas roads. Clearly authorities must do everything they can to locate the driver who left the scene--not only to ensure they face appropriate punishment, but also to learn precisely why they left someone to die. The answer to that, if there is one, could change the nature of the investigation.
For example, many drivers flee from incidents like this because they're intoxicated at the time. Whether their judgment is just so compromised that they leave the scene or they deliberately try to avoid getting caught for DWI, alcohol still played a part in the accident. If that was the case in Lake Worth that could mean a local alcohol provider is liable for the victim's fatal injuries as well. That would be handled by Texas dram shop law, which despite its importance is largely unknown to the public.
I read the same reports as everyone else, so while I mention alcohol as a possible factor I'm not claiming to know it was involved. The driver's motives for fleeing are just important to learn after they're found. What police are doing now--searching for material evidence, witnesses, video footage from the area, and other sources of information--is crucial in finding every possible clue. Whatever information they can find and then relay to the public is one more piece of the puzzle that someone will eventually put together to recognize a suspect. If authorities remain diligent and the community cooperates with any useful information, I'm confident justice can be served.