Crosswalks exist to give pedestrians a safe space to navigate streets. People on foot in Texas should be able to use these paths without the fear of getting struck by a vehicle. Unfortunately, inattentive and irresponsible drivers sometimes ignore the rules of the road and strike pedestrians, which can lead to serious injury. A recent incident in Houston reminds us of what can happen when a vehicle strikes a person.
Law enforcement are still investigating an accident that left a 24-year-old in serious condition at a local hospital. The man was crossing a road in Houston at a crosswalk when a vehicle struck him around 2:30 in the morning. The man driving the car that hit the pedestrian then fled the scene and went to an apartment complex just a block away. At the complex, law enforcement say the driver and two passengers exited the vehicle and went inside.
The three people returned to the scene after the vehicle was towed back to the site. An officer with the Houston Police Department and a wrecker driver had discovered the car parked in the garage at the apartment complex. The driver of the vehicle admitted to his involvement in the incident and was arrested for failing to stop and render aid.
Law enforcement said they do not believe that alcohol played a role in the incident, and the victim is expected to survive. When drivers fail to exercise caution and strike a pedestrian, it is imperative that the victim or the family consult with an attorney.
Source: KHOU, "HPD officer and wrecker driver nab hit and run suspect near Midtown," June 13, 2015