Pedestrian hit on Cedar Springs dies

A pedestrian who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the Cedar Springs strip last week has died.

Lauren Graham, a spokeswoman for Parkland hospital, confirmed this morning that Wayne Priest, 55, passed away sometime after being taken there Thursday night in critical condition.

Priest was walking eastbound crossing Cedar Springs at about 9 p.m. Thursday near the unlit crosswalk at 3850 Cedar Springs Road, at the intersection of eastbound Reagan Street, according to police. He was struck by a maroon four-door vehicle traveling southbound on Cedar Springs, police said. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop after the collision.

Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Police Department, said this morning that investigators have been unable to track down the vehicle or identify the driver. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call DPD’s Vehicle Crimes Unit at 214-670-5817.

According to a report Friday night by Fox 4′s Peter Daut, which aired prior to the news that Priest had died, his roommates said he was on his way to Walgreens to pick up a prescription:

John Bonsignore owns a store on Cedar Springs Road just a few feet from where the hit-and-run happened. He said he’s seen several close encounters involving cars and pedestrians on the busy street, especially at night.

“It is dangerous because people are trying to get across the street and the cars are trying to get to where they’re going, and they don’t want to give much leeway to pedestrians,” Bonsignore said.

Less than a block away another lighted crosswalk urges drivers to be careful. Pedestrians wonder why the crosswalk that Priest used does not look the same.

“Maybe an intersection with a light right here, or maybe more officers in the area that keep an eye on that kind of thing,” said Trey Doughty.

Friends of Priest said he liked to go for walks and used the crosswalk at Reagan Street regularly. They now hope the driver who hit him has the decency to come forward.

“They didn’t even call a hospital or anything, just disregard for life really is what it is,” said Erick Deaver, another of Priest’s roommates.

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—  John Wright