• November 22, 2022

Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run on East Freeway in Houston, TX

Houston, TX — November 19, 2022, a bicyclist was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident on the East Freeway in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened Saturday night along the 12900 block of the East Freeway. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim, a man believed to be in his 50s, was riding a bicycle in the area when he was rear-ended by a vehicle. The driver reportedly fled the scene without stopping or calling for help.

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Bicycle Hit-and-Run on East Fwy in Houston

Hit-and-run crashes are always infuriating to hear about. Stopping and helping as much as possible after causing major damage seems like the least anyone could do, and the idea that someone would abandon a victim in the roadway in an effort to save their own hide makes me see red. I always find myself asking the same question I assume most people do: "Why did they run?"

Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run on East Freeway in Houston, TX

Some may think the driver fled out of pure panic, and that may yet turn out to be true. However, when they apprehend hit-and-run drivers investigators often find they had something to hide like warrants, drugs, or drunk driving. That last one might add certain legal complexities as a business may also be liable for the victim's tragic death, so it's important not to simply punish the driver for leaving the scene but also look into the events prior to the accident as well.

Of course, before punishments or motives can be considered the runaway driver will have to be found. That will require keeping these reports in the public eye and members of the community coming forward with any information the authorities can use to make an arrest. It may take a little time, but I remain hopeful someone will connect the dots and do what's right. After the driver is caught and the details of this incident are clarified somewhat, further action--if any--can be determined.

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