10yo Boy Injured, Belinda Delgado Arrested for Hit-and-Run on Buena Vista Ave in Victoria, TX
Victoria, TX — December 17, 2022, a 10-year-old boy was injured and 53-year-old Belinda Delgado was arrested after a hit-and-run on Buena Vista Avenue in Victoria.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on the 1000 block of Buena Vista. Preliminary investigation suggests the young victim was riding a bicycle in the area when Delgado passed through in what was described only as a "blue truck" and hit him.
The boy was critically injured in the accident and was taken to an area hospital. Delgado left the scene without stopping, but authorities received tips via social media that helped them find and apprehend her within 12 hours of the accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Victoria Hit-and-Run on Buena Vista Ave
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 she now faces charges after being caught, so what else is there?
For starters, there's the lingering question of why she took off. Investigators may not look into that too much, but they absolutely should. It's always best to know the whole story, but additionally that information could lead to ways to help the young victim recover from his injuries.
For example, if the hit-and-run driver fled because she was intoxicated after drinking too much somewhere, it could mean the business that over-served her is partly liable for what happened under dram shop law. In that case it should be held accountable and help the boy get back on his feet.
To be clear, I don't know that the suspect was impaired in Victoria--let alone whether she was poured too many drinks by a local business. Did police even look into that possibility though? Little as I like saying it, probably not. They rarely pursue law-breaking bars, so holding one responsible may take outside help.