Weather and speed were possible factors in a fatality crash on the northbound service road in the 2500 block of S Interstate 35E Tuesday afternoon.
Lewisville Police Captain Mike Moore said the crash was called in at 5:12 p.m. He said that the driver of a red Ford Mustang was on the service road near the At Home store when he lost control and left the roadway. The car’s passenger side struck a bridge support, killing the male passenger instantly.
Roads were slick with constant rain Tuesday.
The driver was transported by ground ambulance to Medical City Plano for treatment, where he was in critical condition.
Firefighters responding to the scene called for a rescue, and dispatched two additional ambulances to the scene, but called them off once they discovered that the passenger was deceased.
As of 6:45 p.m. one lane of the northbound service road was still shut down and firefighters were attempting to extricate the deceased person from the vehicle, where they were still pinned.
Police are not yet releasing identities on the victims pending notification of next of kin. Moore said that a friend of the victims was travelling close to them in another vehicle at the time of the accident.
Moore said an LPD fatality investigator was on scene. Because of the rainy weather, Moore said that it was unlikely the department could use its three-dimensional mapping device to map out the scene, but that they would do it “the old-fashioned way.”
According to the manager of a nearby restaurant, both of the occupants of the car were on their way to the restaurant where they work when the crash occurred. The manager, who preferred not to be named, said the deceased were related to others who worked there.
It took until about 8 p.m. for the medical examiner to arrive on scene. The body was removed shortly thereafter.
Update 3/28 – 8:23 a.m.:
Moore said there was no indication of alcohol in the vehicle. The driver was still alive as of this morning. Moore said the two were on their way from work to go to dinner.
The Lewisville Texan Journal will update this story if we learn more.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office identifies the passenger as 20-year-old Jose Lopez Rosas. The death was by blunt force injuries, and ruled accidental.