A woman in Fort Worth that was accused of fleeing the scene of an accident that involved the death of a man in Grand Prairie has surrendered, according to police. The woman, 38-year-old Kallie Wright, had an arrest warrant issued on Tuesday for causing a hit-and-run accident where the victim, 42-year-old Calvin John Middleton of Cedar Hill, died after Wright hit him with her vehicle while he was riding his bicycle.
Wright’s bail was set for $175,000, and she is being held at the Grand Prairie Detention Center. Police say she will be charged with a second-degree felony.
Facts of the Accident
The accident occurred early Sunday morning close to the intersection of South Belt Line Road and Interstate 20 in Grand Prairie. Wright was driving her vehicle when she hit Middleton. Wright got out of her vehicle and then returned, fleeing northbound on South Belt Line Road. Witnesses of the accident told police that the driver was a woman wearing khaki shorts, a pink shirt and shoes, with another woman in the vehicle as the passenger. The passenger was also located but is not being considered a suspect in the accident and there will not be any charges filed against her.
Hit-and-Run Accidents: Don’t Flee
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a terrible idea for several reasons. First, the person of the accident has the responsibility to stop, get out of their vehicle, and make sure that the person they hit is safe. This includes helping the victim get out of their vehicle and calling emergency services if the victim is in critical conditions. Second, the driver that caused the hit and run is likely to face serious consequences for fleeing the scene, such as was the case for the woman in this story. Jail time, fines, and a tarnished record is something that no one wants. For these reasons only, people should not flee the scene of accidents.
Going back to the reason of a person’s duty to see and make sure that a victim is safe, imagine the victim of hit-and-run accident suffering worse injuries versus if they had just received the right help they needed at the time. Is it really worth giving the victim serious, long-term injuries that can affect them for the rest of their lives? Of course not. Like drunk driving, at-fault drivers in hit-and-run accidents make irrational decisions that can be costly to the person they affected and to themselves.
What If I Witness a Hit-and-Run?
If you witness a hit-and-run accident, you have the duty to do what the at-fault driver neglected to do, which is to help the person that was in the accident. They may be in serious need of medical care, or maybe not; altogether, it is more than worth the time and effort to make sure that the victim is alright.
Furthermore, you can be helpful to the victim by providing police with information about the driver that fled the scene of the accident, such as the make and model of the vehicle, license plate information, and more. Helping others is very important, especially in a situation such as a hit-and-run accident.