Phillip Herrera Hit, Killed by Limousine on North Collins St in Arlington, TX
UPDATE (December 21, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Phillip Herrera.
Arlington, TX — November 29, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck and killed by a limousine while walking on North Collins Street in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 11:00 p.m. on the 3600 block of North Collins near Viridian Park Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim, a 31-year-old man reportedly wearing dark clothing, was walking in the outside travel lane when he was hit by a northbound limousine. After the impact the limo driver stopped and cooperated with authorities.
The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Phillip Herrera Accident in Arlington
Officials took this opportunity to sermonize about how pedestrians should only walk on sidewalks or enter the street when protected by crosswalks and traffic lights. I'm not arguing with that advice, but I think it's important to add that jaywalking doesn't give motorists permission to hit a pedestrian, right-of-way or not.
I'm not accusing the limo driver of anything here; police said the area is dark and the victim was likely very hard to see and I have no reason to dispute that. I only mean that any accident, including those with pedestrians, shouldn't be written off quickly in case there's more to the story than police immediately grasped at the scene. The simple narrative in reports doesn't answer questions about why he was walking in the road, where he came from that night, whether the driver's full focus was on the road, if the vehicle was in good repair, weather and road conditions, and many others.
Learning the whole story is important after any accident, and a man losing his life in this one only makes finding the truth more urgent. Will police efforts get it for the people who lost a loved one here, or are they content to simply say the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time?