Jacksonville Police are asking residents for information regarding a recent hit-and-run involving a dark-colored Dodge Charger. The incident, which resulted in the death of a pedestrian, would have left the Charger with “significant damage,” according to local authorities.
Details of The Hit-and-Run Incident
A 64-year-old man was killed on Sunday, Feb. 28, when he was involved in a hit-and-run accident while crossing Jackson Street. An investigation into the incident remains underway and authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Jacksonville Police Department.
Cherokee County Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for helpful information about the incident.
An officer with the Jacksonville police was driving in the 3000 block of North Jackson Street around 10:30 p.m. when a motorist flagged him down to report an injured person in the roadway. The officer located the individual in question and called on the Jacksonville Fire Department for assistance.
Unfortunately, the 64-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses of the event said the man was struck by a black or blue, newer model Dodge Charger. The Charger was reportedly traveling south on Jackson when it collided with the man crossing the street. Following the incident, the Charger was stopped on the scene for a short time before fleeing north on Jackson.
Police say the Charger sustained significant damage in the crash, including losing a side mirror.
Pedestrian Wrongful Death Accidents in Texas
There’s no denying that car accidents are dangerous for drivers and passengers, but one group at great risk is pedestrians. Car accidents involving pedestrians have an even higher likelihood of leading to death compared to incidents only involving vehicles.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2019, just over half of 1% of all car crashes in Texas resulted in at least one fatality. In comparison, 11% of all accidents involving pedestrians led to at least one fatality.
Unfortunately, even if a pedestrian isn’t killed in the incident, they are still much more likely to have sustained an injury. In 2019, only 4% of pedestrian crashes did not end up with an injury. In comparison, 65% of non-pedestrian crashes resulted in no injuries whatsoever in 2019.
Keep these statistics in mind when you’re driving in a populated area, and always be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the road. While some pedestrian accidents are unavoidable, using extra caution in high-traffic areas can help save a life.
If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident caused by the actions or negligence of someone else, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, for help seeking financial relief.