McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A tree fell on a vehicle in Collin County during severe weather Thursday evening and a person inside the vehicle was killed, according to DPS.
It happened near the Zinger Bat Ballpark just north of Highway 380, east of Custer Road. It’s the home of Frozen Ropes Baseball and Softball Training Center, which runs camps during the spring and summer for kids and teenagers.
DPS identified the man who died as 53-year-old Anthony Rex of McKinney and said he sustained a fatal injury and died at the scene.
Friends tell CBS11 that Anthony Rex – known to his friends as Tony – had just dropped his 7th grade son off at baseball practice and was leaving when people in the parking lot heard a loud crash.
The 53-year-old was driving his red Corvette out of the parking lot at Zinger Bat Ballpark when a large tree broke in half and fell on his car. The ballpark is home to the Frozen Ropes Baseball and Softball Training Center, which runs camps during the spring and summer for kids.
Witnesses say when other parents heard the crash they quickly moved to keep kids away, many of whom were just getting dropped off for baseball practice, until investigators and emergency response teams arrived.
Rex’s death has rattled many in the community. His friends say he was about to get married, was very well liked, and worked hard to support and inspire young people.
“I’m still in shock… it hadn’t really set in yet. I just had to drive over here this morning and… try to understand it,” said friend Glenn Stephenson.
Police are still investigating the accident.
Elsewhere Thursday evening, a lot of rain dropped on Irving during evening rush hour causing resulting in a much slower commute home.
At Texas Motor Speedway, the storms brought some intense wind. Campers for this weekend’s races had to take shelter.