FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – One person is dead and seven others were injured in a crash at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
It happened at Main and Exchange near the entrance to the stockyards by Leddy’s Boots And Saddles.
Sgt. Chris Britt with the Fort Worth Police Department said an innocent woman in a Jeep was killed when the stolen white pickup smashed into her.
She was identified Thursday evening as 58-year-old Gaudencia Meza.
“This is a bad day for us,” said Britt about the woman’s death. “We are hurting along with the family right now.”
Police tried to stop a burglary suspect and a chase ensued resulting in the fatal crash.
A police officer pulled over the burglary suspect after he rolled through a red light. The suspect stopped initially but sped off at a high rate of speed.
The suspect drove down Main Street, hitting seven cars along the way.
Police caught him quickly after his pickup came to a stop.
“They just ripped him out of the car. They had him out of the car and gone, before I could been tell what was going on, it was quick,” witness Sean Long described.
(photo credit: Jason Allen/CBS 11 News)
Two of the cars were unoccupied, the deceased victim and a passenger who was taken to the hospital with injuries were in a silver Jeep.
Three people were in the stolen pickup, and all three, including the suspect were taken to the hospital. His passengers were both women.
Two other vehicles that were hit had drivers inside, but neither of them were hurt.
No police cruisers were damaged in the incident.
Debris littered the street, mashed up metal from the cars and a pink car seat showed the power of the vehicle’s impact.
Several blocks around the iconic Fort Worth neighborhood were shut down as medics move injured patients away from the scene.
The Stockyards Hotel, Leddy’s, H3, Love Shack and other businesses were blocked off from access as a result of the crash.
A television was one of many stolen items strewn about the street where the wreck happened.
Police said they will not release the suspect’s name until he’s officially arraigned.