A bicyclist has been killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Northeast Dallas early Sunday. Police are looking for the motorist who is responsible for the man’s death. One witness saw an off-white or cream colored Chevrolet SUV hit the cyclist in the eastbound lanes near a Wal-Mart store in the 9300 block of Forest Lane at approximately 1:22 a.m.
Investigators say that the cyclist and his bicycle became airborne by the impact and landed face down on street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another witness did attempt to follow the suspect vehicle as it turned south on Abrams Road, but the vehicle eluded the second witness. The suspect vehicle is reported to have been travelling at a high of speed and ran several red lights.
Officials have not released the name of the victim pending notification of family.
Some of the worst accidents are those involving a hit-and-run crash. Whether it is indifference to what has happened or panic that causes a person to run after hitting and injuring another person, it is considered a very serious charge when that person is finally caught.
The person who is responsible for this man’s death has definitely committed a crime. Because this accident involved a fatality, the guilty party faces a third-degree felony charge. That is just the beginning of the trouble that this driver will face, because it won’t stop there. The Texas Senate in recent months has unanimously approved a measure that would give stiffer penalties for those guilty of hit-and-run accidents. This newly adopted legislation will place the failure to stop render aid in a deadly accident at the same level in terms of legal penalties as intoxication manslaughter attached to it. This makes this particular crime a second degree felony. This does not even include the fact that once the driver is found, they will more than likely also face a civil suit filed on behalf of the family of the victim. The courts will more often than not side with the family because of it being a hit-and-run case. To leave the scene of an accident is clearly a cowardly act. If you are involved in an accident of any kind, never be tempted to flee the scene.
If you or a loved one have been the victims of a hit-and-run accident, give our offices a call as soon as possible. Once you have been seen by a doctor, we will be here to get your civil case started. Our attorneys have years of experience in the Dallas area courts and have successfully represented our clients and gotten them the financial compensation and peace of mind that they deserve. Medical costs and expenses, insurance woes and pain and suffering can add up. We are here to help you. Your initial consultation with one of our legal professionals is confidential and without cost or obligation to you.