Wrong-Way Driver Causes Fatal Crash In Dallas

By Robbie Owens, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Two people died after a car crash caused by a wrong-way driver along Interstate-45, south of downtown Dallas. The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. early Friday morning in the northbound lanes of Interstate-45, near Loop 12.

Authorities first received reports about a wrong-way driver in a red pickup truck when he was about three miles away from the eventual crash site. The red truck was reportedly dodging vehicles in the northbound lanes, traveling south at about 70 mph. Police are not yet sure where the driver entered the freeway.

The red pickup truck then slammed into a silver Nissan, officials said, flipping the struck vehicle and killing the male driver, identified as Luis Alvarado, instantly. Some motorists were actually on the phone with the police when the crash took place.

The driver of the red pickup truck, identified as Joseph Macias, was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown. Authorities have not yet determined why Macias was traveling the wrong direction along the freeway, however, he has a previous DUI arrest from March 1997. Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this case.

Two passengers in the silver Nissan were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, one in “very critical condition,” according to authorities on the scene. That passenger was later pronounced dead on Friday afternoon. The condition of the other passenger is not known.

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  • Randy

    Too mamy wrong-way drivers, why is it mainly in Dallas? Any in Ft. Worth? I drive in Dallas, the entry ramps to the Interstates need to be studied. Also we have a lot of immigrants who can’t speak or read english. Defensive Driving should be taken by all.

  • JACK

    I remember drive in theaters having spikes at the exits that would fold down for the card leaving, but would blow the tires on any vehicle trying to come in through the exit. Maybe something like this need to be put on the exit ramps of the freeways and especially on the interstates where the service roads are two way.

    • 3d

      ohh – very good idea!

  • julie

    2 suggestions that might have some bearing – stricter DUI laws and penalties and drivers must pass English test before being issued a driver’s license

    • Nicole

      Just so you know, Joseph is NOT an immigrant, stop making assumptions who you have no idea what you are talking about, Dont post just to post, it makes you look really simple.

  • Cyn

    My heart goes to all of these person’s families.

  • Mishal

    this is just sad. I went to high school with this guy and we were friends on facebook, although I hadn’t talked to or seen him in years. It seemed like every time made a post on FB he was at a bar. just last night he made a late post from Uptown Bar and Grill and you know he was drinking. It’s just a shame – now he’s taken someone’s life. why do people have to be so stupid? i’m sorry Marcus but whatever punishment you get, you have it coming. (and by the way he is not an immigrant – I believe he was born and raised here)

    • Mario

      Mishal, I’m not going to comment on this terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to everyone involved and affected by it. But one thing I will say, I read what Marcus’ son wrote about him; and it’s simply not true. I politiely advise you to question everything you read about someone else’s personal life, before impulsively commenting on it. Best regards…

    • Mishal

      Well that sure shows your level of maturity. I DID think before I commented and despite your cursing rant I don’t regret anything that I said. I ‘m sure he’s in a lot of pain, both physically and emotionally but I didn’t say he deserved THAT, I said he deserved the punishment he gets. He made the CHOICE to drink and drive and his bad choices led to the DEATH of someone. You don’t think that person’s family is suffering too? I’m sure Marcus’s family is having a hard time with this and my hearts go out to them but I also happen to know that his own son posted comments about this story and had NOTHING nice to say about him. And as far as ever finding myself in the same situation, you can rest assured that I won’t because I DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! I would never make stupid choices like that and put other people’s lives in danger.

  • scott

    What a shame that we have to watch this over and over again. Let us all get together people and start making phone calls before these idiots leave bars or parties. If you know someone is impaired, make the call ! If you dont you should feel some guilt of your own. I’m sure someone knew this nut was about to drive impaired

  • Yanina Arguello

    just so everyone here is informed, the drunk driver was not an immigrant, he was born here in the U.S. and worked at a restaurant in the Dallas area… I know this because he is a friend of someone I know… when I was told by this friend of mine who it was I immediately flared up with anger. I cannot fathom the lack of intelligence in an individual who would drive intoxicated much less in the wrong direction. I for one believe there should be much much harsher laws on driving drunk and when someone dies because of the stupidity of the drunk individual.

  • 3dPCBs.com - Chris

    This was the pickup that passed us up on I45 going the wrong way just as we were approaching down town Dallas. We were in the middle lane as I realized those headlights were actually on our side of the interstate! Just then, he passed us up in the fast lane just a few feet away. We held our breath as we watched the pickup taillights disappear over the hill. It was about 2:30am (after bar closings). We called 911 and they said someone else just called it in too – we thought, probably the 18 wheeler or the car in front of us. We were probably the last he successfully missed. Hind sight, I should have retreated to the opposite side of the highway, slowed way down, and flashed my lights and laid on my horn. But, I guess it was so unreal that I just let off the gas and I think I just stayed in the middle lane since the oncoming pickup was in the far left. Wow, I can see how someone could get hit if they aren’t fully alert and responsive – aside the obvious no-escape of being surprised coming over a hill top. This could have easily been a story about a white Trailblazer and our family (4 boys ages 1 through 13 and my beautiful wife) all over the pavement. We were traveling from Houston to OKC for a funeral. I pray that we will have a safer return home Sunday.

  • Kelsey

    As everyone has had something to say about the possibly drunk driver (or maybe tired from his shift), I knew the person who was killed. I have known him for seven years and he was a mentor and good friend of mine. He was raising his son on his own and now God knows where he will go. He also has a little girl, and thank God they weren’t with him. May God bless them.

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