A Texas man was killed during the early morning hours of May 29 when he was struck by a vehicle as he walked down the road with his brother. One of the brothers had experienced car difficulties alongside Interstate 37 in Corpus Christie, Texas. The man then called his brother who arrived on a bicycle to render aid. Both men then decided to walk down the Interstate, pushing the bicycle, when a vehicle struck one of the men, killing him on impact. The vehicle then fled the scene, transforming the tragic incident into a hit and run accident.
When police arrived, the other man was able to provide valuable information on the vehicle. Police have stated that they are treating this case as a homicide, as the vehicle failed to render aid after it struck the man. No further details have been released at this point regarding the identity of the car, and the police continue their search for the vehicle.
Hit and run accidents in Texas have become all too frequent along public highways. In many cases, this is the result of the operator of the vehicle attempting to avoid responsibility for another criminal act such as driving under the influence or having an active warrant out for their arrest. In other cases, the driver may have simply panicked. However, regardless of the reason for fleeing the scene, as is the case in this tragic hit and run accident, Texas police officers take these matters very seriously. This stance should serve as an adequate deterrence for many operators of motor vehicles who consider driving off after committing what appears, in the very least, to be a negligent act.
Source: KRISTV.com, "Man Killed by a Hit and Run Driver," May 29, 2012