• January 10, 2023

Ricky Joe Beede Injured in Auto-Pedestrian Crash on International Blvd in Brownsville, TX

Brownsville, TX — December 13, 2022, 65-year-old pedestrian Ricky Joe Beede was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle on International Boulevard in Brownsville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:10 p.m. in International at May Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV was traveling northeast in the right lane of the roadway when Beede allegedly walked diagonally southwest, outside of a crosswalk, through the May Street intersection. He entered the path of the Hyundai, which then struck him in the intersection.

Beede suffered serious injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

I have no specific reason to doubt what police say happened in Brownsville, but I've done this more than long enough to know that sometimes first impressions at the scene and eventual conclusions after more investigation don't match. Maybe the victim failed to yield to the SUV as suggested, and maybe officers were even right that he was under the influence of alcohol (which they apparently suspected but didn't test for), but it's important after any accident--particularly one involving serious injuries--to look carefully and be sure the whole story is learned.

It's unclear what other variables if any might have been factors on International Boulevard, but just about everyone deserves the courtesy and the dignity of maximum effort to learn the truth of how they were hurt. I hope authorities went to those lengths after the Brownsville crash.

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