Crash on Dallas North Tollway Claims Life of Driver

This story was updated to include the names of the drivers.

A Tuesday night crash on the Dallas North Tollway south of Mockingbird Lane claimed the life of the driver and sent two more to the hospital, law enforcement officials said.

State troopers responded to the wrong-way crash, which affected the southbound lanes of the tollway south of Mockingbird Lane, around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“Preliminary investigation indicates a Ford pickup was traveling south on the DNT,” said department spokesperson Lt. Lonny Haschel. “For an as yet undetermined reason, a Toyota Camry was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the DNT.  The vehicles collided head-on.”

Haschel said the driver of the Toyota, Ruben Ramirez, age 36, of Dallas, died at the scene, and the driver of the Ford, Holly Sharp, 30, of Kaufman, was taken to Parkland Hospital with serious injuries. A three-year-old child passenger in the Ford pickup was also injured in the crash, and was taken to Children’s Health of Dallas.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at bethany.erickson@peoplenewspapers.com.

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