A 27-year-old pedestrian was killed in Arlington, Texas when he was fatally struck by a motorcycle during the evening of Friday, December 27, 2013.
The pedestrian was identified as Dylan Hughes and around 6:45 p.m. he was near the intersection of East Sublett Road and Matlock Road when he stepped onto the roadway. According to Arlington Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Jeffrey Houston, he “was struck by a motorcycle traveling eastbound in the right lane.” Hughes was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m.
Hughes was a graduate of Arlington High School and, according to his obituary, was a great enthusiast of music.
The motorcyclist has been identified as Benjou Jones who was riding a 2006 Honda CR1000. When asked about the condition and injuries to the rider, Sgt. Houston replied that the rider was not intoxicated and that his “injury was incapacitating but not life threatening.” Houston confirmed that Jones was wearing a helmet which was damaged in the crash and that there were actually two riders together; speed was not a factor.
Investigators have been reviewing the case; however, it is doubtful that Jones will face any type of charges as it appears that Hughes walked in front of him. “Investigators are looking into the possibility that alcohol might have played a factor on the pedestrian’s part of entering the roadway,” said Sgt. Houston.
Who is at fault for a motorcycle / pedestrian collision?
Determining who is at fault when a motor vehicle hits a pedestrian comes down to who was negligent, careless and or disobeying traffic law. In California the law states …
V C Section 21954 Pedestrians Outside Crosswalks
Pedestrians Outside Crosswalks
21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.