BEDFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – One person died and a pregnant woman was seriously injured when their car was broadsided by a man who police say was driving a stolen Audi and trying to escape them.
Police tell CBS 11 News because the driver of a stolen car caused a death, they have charged him with murder. The incident started just around a bend on Don Dodson road at Murphy when a black Audi blew past a Bedford officer going the other way.
“He (the officer) really didn’t have much time,” according to Bedford Police Detective Sergeant Jerry Buford. He says his officer had just popped on his lights and siren and made a U-turn, but didn’t get very far. “The driver of the Audi took off; the officer lost sight of him, comes up to this intersection and sees that.”
The “that” to which he referred was a death scene. The unsuspecting driver of a Mercedes Benz–reportedly with the green light—was t-boned on the driver’s side. He died right here. The car that hit him: an Audi with paper tags, stolen out of Dallas. Also in the Mercedes: a woman believed to be six months pregnant. “The passenger was a pregnant female,” according to Buford. She’s been careflighted (sic) to a local hospital. In serious condition.” Buford later reported she was in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Buford says the Audi driver tried to continue to flee the crash scene on foot but was caught and handcuffed.
Across the street, store manager Ricky Rana at first thought a gasoline truck had gone up in flames. “It was a pretty big old loud sound,” he told CBS 11 News. “I was sitting in the corner and all of a sudden I heard an explosion and I came to see what really happened and I saw two cars—I mean, two tires–flying on the other side and the guy got handcuffed.”
Buford says police have charge the Audi driver with murder and will likely add evading arrest, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
So far, investigators are not identifying the people involved in this crash until they are sure family members are notified. They won’t comment on whether the man and woman in the Mercedes are related.
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