Auto-Pedestrian Fatality - Report #2024-00170630
By Tim Ciesco
Posted on January 18, 2024, January 18, 2024

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at approximately 8:49 p.m., the Arlington Police Department responded to the westbound lanes of I-20 near Bowen Road to investigate a reported auto-pedestrian incident.

When officers arrived on scene, they spoke to the driver of a 2009 Lexus RX 350 who told them she was traveling westbound along I-20 when she hit something that suddenly appeared in front of her. She thought it may have been a person.

Officers located human remains nearby. Investigators believe that after the initial collision, several other vehicles struck the pedestrian, who appears to be an adult male. His identity is unknown at this time and it’s unclear why he was walking on the highway.

The driver of the Lexus immediately stopped, called 911, and cooperated with investigators. She is not facing any charges in connection to this incident. Investigators believe it’s unlikely she or any of the other drivers who struck the pedestrian could see him in time to avoid him.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will work to identify the pedestrian.

The Arlington Police Department would like to remind the public that pedestrians should NEVER enter highway lanes. Due to the speeds vehicles are traveling and the distance they require to brake, attempting to cross a highway is extremely dangerous and can lead to a catastrophic collision. Pedestrians needing to get from one side of a highway to the other should use designated crossings and sidewalks along overpasses and underpasses.

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