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Man in Stolen Backhoe Flees Scene After Striking, Killing Motorist

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According to CBS DFW, a man in a stolen backhoe drove the wrong way on a Dallas freeway and crashed into a vehicle, leaving a female motorist dead on Sunday morning.

Investigation Ongoing, Suspect Wanted

Police say an unidentified man stole a backhoe from the City of Dallas Water Department located at Walnut Hill Lane and Shady Trail at around 5:00 a.m. The accident occurred when the man drove the backhoe southbound in the northbound lanes of Stemmons Freeway.

The backhoe collided with another vehicle in the 9900 block of the freeway, reports CBS DFW. The front-end loader struck the vehicle’s passenger side, causing severe damage to the vehicle. The passenger in the SUV, 20-year-old Elizabeth Suarez, died at the scene.

The driver of the SUV, 22-year-old Diana Mejicanos, received treatment at Parkland Hospital, reports CBS DFW. Witnesses say the man in the backhoe fled the scene on foot, but he sustained injuries to his face and leg.

According to CBS DFW, the accident is currently under investigation and police are still searching for the suspect.

Information on Motor Vehicle Accidents

The following information regarding motor vehicle traffic crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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