Lars Hedell Struck, Killed by Vehicle on Fallbrook Drive in Harris County, TX
UPDATE (January 13, 2023): The victim of this accident has been identified as Swedish national Lars Hedell. The exact circumstances of Mr. Hedell's accident are still under investigation.
Harris County, TX — January 12, 2023, a male pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle near a northwest Harris County intersection.
Authorities released few preliminary details about the incident but say it happened Thursday night near Fallbrook and Harvest Sun drives. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was crossing northward through Fallbrook on foot, reportedly not in a crosswalk, when he was hit and fatally injured by a westbound Cadillac sedan. The driver reportedly remained at the scene after the collision.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
One thing I often contend with is the assumption that any kind of crash is easy to explain. Whether it involves cars, pedestrians, bikes, motorcycles, trucks, or anything else, it's crucial to investigate thoroughly and make sure all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
That comes up a lot after auto-pedestrian accidents, where people tend to think someone on foot in the road was to blame more or less by default. "Either they were in a crosswalk or they were wrong" is a refrain I've heard more times than I care to count, but there are countless questions about visibility, road and weather conditions, vehicle speed, what the driver was doing, where both people came from, and many others that urgently need answers to be sure of the whole story.
If that seems like a lot, well, it is—and every last bit of it is important. A man lost his life and whatever the explanation for that is, simple or complicated, his loved ones deserve to know it. I hope authorities will invest the time and care needed to make sure their questions are answered.