A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while attempting to cross I-35 early Monday morning, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies are investigating the fatal incident, which occurred just before 2 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-35 near Market Center. The victim’s identity has not been released, and no information has been provided on the driver or the vehicle involved.
The victim was a man, and two cars were involved in the incident, Fox 4 KDFW reported. The drivers of the two vehicles stopped at the scene, according to the news outlet.
Traffic was shut down in both directions for several hours as deputies worked the accident scene. The roads were reopened around 5:30 a.m.
The Dallas Express reached out to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department for more information but did not receive a response before press time.
The incident occurred just a couple of weeks after another pedestrian was killed on the streets of Dallas. The Dallas Police Department announced on November 5 that it was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in an early morning crash on October 22 that claimed the life of 37-year-old Antonette Logan.
The driver of the vehicle, who had been traveling south in the 500 block of South Buckner Blvd, fled the scene, heading east on Elam Road. The suspect was driving a maroon 2014-2016 model Chevrolet Trax.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run incident is asked to contact Det. Ricardo Rodriguez of DPD’s vehicle crimes unit at 214-671-0011 or via email at [email protected].
According to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) records, accidents involving pedestrians have been on the rise, increasing by 29.6% in Texas over the last five years. Pedestrian traffic fatalities now account for 20% of all roadway deaths.
Such cases have been attributed to drivers and pedestrians failing to yield the right of way, drivers not paying attention, and speeding.
“In 2022, there were 5,764 crashes involving pedestrians in our state, resulting in 829 deaths,” the TxDOT website states. “Another 1,526 people were seriously injured.”
Two separate hit-and-run incidents last month left two children, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old, hospitalized last month, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.