Saturday morning at 5:36 a.m., Lewisville police and firefighters responded to a rescue on the 1400 block of northbound Interstate 35E.  A four-car crash happened on top of the bridge over S.H. 121 Business.

LPD Captain Mike Moore said that the driver of a Ford Mustang had been driving erratically in traffic and struck a Nissan SUV, which then struck another vehicle, and rolled over on its top.

That rollover occurred beyond the crest of the bridge, and another vehicle coming over the bridge struck it at speed on the drivers-side door.

The driver of the upside-down vehicle was killed.  Police are not yet releasing the name pending notification of kin, but said that she is a 55-year-old woman from Irving.

The driver of the Mustang, James Taylor Sikora, 27, who police say caused the crash was arrested for intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle, and is currently held in Lewisville Jail without bond.

I-35 northbound is completely shut down now for the investigation, but police hope to have it reopened by noon. Traffic is exiting at corporate and taking the service road to the entrance ramp just beyond the crash.

With the highway shut down, traffic had to re-enter the highway just before Fox Avenue. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

Update 1 p.m.:  The highway was still closed as of 12:45 p.m. and had traffic backed up past the Sam Rayburn tollway.

Update: 3:35 p.m.: All lanes of I-35E are back open now.  The Medical Examiner has not yet released the name of the victim.  Sikora remains in jail without bond.

Update 6/18/2018: James Taylor Sikora has been released on $15,000 bond.  The victim is identified as Glory Animashaun, 55, of Irving.

James Taylor Sikora, 27, was charged with Intoxication Manslaughter because of a fatality crash on 6/16/2018 (Mugshot via Lewisville PD)

Update 6/19/2018: We learned a bit more about why police thought Sikora was intoxicated.

This story has been updated with photos and to clarify the sequence.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Why aren’t Lewisville PD watching this area? This is the second fatality in this area in 2 weeks. Looks like it would merit concern for excess speed. Where was the intoxicated person served bevs. That establishment can also hold liability.

    • You are correct. It’s called dram shop law. In effect, bars are not liable for serving their customers should one of those customers go out and cause an accident… UNLESS the bar can tell that the customer is already dangerously drunk and —rather than cutting them off— they keep serving them anyway. Sadly, that’s often the case, as many bars will keep serving customers even when it’s clear that they’re super drunk.

    • if the accident was at 5:30ish he was probably drinking at a private residence as the bars would have been closed at 2 a.m.

  2. Actually according to T.A.B.C. the bartender/server is to blame for continuing to serve them. The moment they can tell they’ve had too much they cannot keep serving them and notify a manager. So now because of that 1 bartender/server the whole establishment can lose their liquor license, that person go to jail, and the place shut down, and worst of all someone sadly lost their life.

  3. Not necessarily. When people are involved in these kinds of crashes, they’re not usually a little bit over the legal limit, but 2 or even 3 times drunker than they should be. For people who are that drunk, it can take anywhere from 5-12 hours for them to get back below the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

    I used to be a bartender and know that as a general rule, a person’s body metabolizes roughly one drink an hour. If someone had 10 drinks worth of alcohol in their system at last call, they’d be the equivalent of 7 drinks deep after 3 hours. That’s still pretty darn drunk.

  4. As a bartender if you do not notify your manager about overserving you need to be fired. As a manager it is my job to observe guests,ask questions and cut people off before they are overserved. All in all it is a team effort. Without everone on board it leads to failure.

  5. I can’t believe that such things can happened is such a well developed country based on the people’s comments but I pray that Justice should be done appropriate.
    Though we have lost a gem in the family.

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