Person in Wheelchair Hit, Injured by Vehicle on 19th St in Lubbock, TX
Lubbock, TX — December 13, 2022, a person in a wheelchair was hit and injured by a vehicle on 19th Street in Lubbock.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 11:15 p.m. on the 2100 block of 19th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was in a wheelchair in the area when a vehicle, described as a tan Chevy Tahoe, passed through and hit them. It's unclear if the driver remained at the scene after the collision.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on 19th St in Lubbock
While I'm sure most would agree this accident is unfortunate, I wonder if some might consider it the pedestrian's fault for being in the road when traffic passed through. To those so ready to point fingers, I would strongly suggest withholding judgment until more information is available. It's important after just about every accident to look at all its possible variables, even less-likely factors, to be sure the whole story is learned and there's no confusion.
To do that it would be best to answer quite a few lingering questions: Where exactly what the victim in relation to the road? Were they crossing it, rolling along it, or were they actually just near it on a sidewalk? Where did they come from and where were they headed? What about the driver--were they awake, alert, sober, and paying attention to the road? Did they remain at the scene? Is that area unreasonably dangerous for pedestrians? Is it well-lit at night? Could anything else, common or otherwise, have been a factor in the accident?
Whether investigations reveal crucial details or simply confirm that nothing out of the ordinary happened, getting more answers should be a priority going forward. Unfortunately, I have my misgivings about exactly how much attention authorities will pay to the matter before filling out a report and moving on. Will their efforts alone be enough to find the whole truth and hold the right parties (if any) accountable?