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1 Dead in Grand Prairie Pedestrian Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A man was killed Monday night after he was hit by a vehicle that was trying to evade police.

Details about the Fatal Incident in Grand Prairie

On Monday evening around 10:30 p.m., Grand Prairie police were called to the 4500 block of Rosedale Drive on report of a possible domestic disturbance.

According to the Grand Prairie Reporter, the people who originally called the police reported seeing a man and woman arguing outside and the man appeared to be intoxicated.

After police arrived to respond to the call, the male suspect immediately fled the scene in his vehicle as the officer pursued. While in pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a fence near Westchase and Deckman Drive.

After crashing into the fence, the driver continued eastbound onto I-20, and officers pursued the suspect into the Dallas area. Officers had to cease their pursuit after the chase became dangerous when the suspect turned off the headlights of the vehicle.

About the Victim of the Pursuit

During their investigation of the fence impact at Westchase and Deckman Drive, officers were documenting the damage when they found the body of a deceased male in his late 50s to early 60s in a sleeping bag.

The victim was identified as Paul Rummelhart.

The suspect, later identified as 19-year-old David Martinon, has a lengthy criminal record including prior history of evading and resisting arrest. As a result of the death of Rummelhart, Grand Prairie detectives issued a warrant for Manslaughter for David Martinon.

The suspect was eventually captured Tuesday evening with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and is currently being held in the Grand Prairie Detention Center.

Statistics about Pedestrian Deaths in the United States

According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, nearly 336 pedestrians age 60-64 years old were killed in the United States in 2013, with a total of about 4,000 people injured in the same year from the same age group. The fatality rate also increased for pedestrians who were 40 and older.


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