Two separate pedestrian accidents in Fort Worth have left two people dead and a liable truck driver nowhere to be found.
The first man died after being struck by a car while trying to cross the street just east of downtown early Friday. The driver stayed at the scene until police arrived, and there is no word as to whether charges will be pressed or not.
The other pedestrian was an elderly man who was fatally injured Friday evening in a hit-and-run accident. He has been identified as 64-year-old Zachary Flanagan by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. He was taken to the hospital with severe injuries where he died soon after his arrival. The only information known about the driver is that he or she was driving a dark-colored truck. Police are still trying to find out more details.
With alcohol not being a factor in these pedestrian/auto accidents, it’s hard to speculate as to exactly what happened. Most pedestrian accidents do occur at night, just as these two did. No matter who is at fault in an accident, it is absolutely crucial to stay at the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene not only ensures that you’re guilty, but you’re also putting the other party involved at risk.
As with any incident involving serious injuries, every second counts. Leaving the scene of an accident without waiting for help to arrive or even calling for help is illegal and wrong. Everyone makes mistakes, but leaving the scene of an accident is unforgivable. Lives can potentially be lost from this type of negligence.