Crime

Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Good Samaritan

The location of the fatal accident.
The location of the fatal accident. googlemaps
A suspected drunk driver accidentally killed a man who stopped to help a motorist change a tire in Dallas last night.

Dallas police say the man spotted the woman just after 10 p.m. as she was struggling with a flat tire near the overpass where Walton Walker Boulevard meets Singleton Boulevard. He parked his Ford Ranger on the shoulder and got out to help the stranger, using his own jack. Police say he fixed the flat and was returning his equipment to the truck when a Chrysler 200 drove onto the shoulder.

That vehicle, driven by a 45-year-old woman, crushed him against his Ranger. Police say the Samaritan died at the scene and the driver of the Chrysler "was transported to Parkland Hospital and later charged with Intoxication Manslaughter."

By 4pm Thursday afternoon, police have still not identified the victim, pending next of kin, or the name of the suspect, who has not yet been booked into the Dallas County Jail.   
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Joe Pappalardo is the former editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.
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