• December 12, 2022

Patrick Morin Killed in Hit-and-Run on US-183 near Goldthwaite, TX

Goldthwaite, TX — December 10, 2022, 61-year-old wrecker driver Patrick Morin died in a hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 183 near Goldthwaite.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on US-183 not far from town. Preliminary investigation suggests Morin was loading and securing a disabled vehicle onto his tow truck when a Toyota Tundra passed through. Reports indicate the pickup driver failed to slow or move over and hit Morin, then left the scene without stopping.

Moring was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities pursued leads that led them to arrest 38-year-old Kerry Coats “KC” Kavanaugh as the hit-and-run suspect.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Patrick Morin Hit-and-Run near Goldthwaite

A common mistake I see after these incidents is thinking reports already say everything there is to know. The suspect allegedly fled the scene after hurting the victim and he now faces charges after being caught, so what else is there?

For starters, there's the lingering question of why he took off. Some may not view that as important as long as he's caught, but his motive for doing so is an important piece to the puzzle--not just to find as many answers as possible for the people who need them, but also to learn whether anyone else should be held accountable for the damage done.

I'm not suggesting I know of a third party involved in this matter, but a complete investigation means finding out everything possible--not just the basics so often found in preliminary reports. That man's family deserves no less than the whole story, so I hope police took the time and care needed to get it for them.

Patrick Morin Killed in Hit-and-Run on US-183 near Goldthwaite, TX
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