Fiery Friday Crash Kills One

A driver involved in an early morning crash Friday on Midway Road north of Northwest Highway died at the scene, Dallas police said.

The male driver of a black 2019 Ford Mustang was headed northbound on Midway Road around 3 a.m. Friday at a high rate of speed, police reports indicate. His car struck the curb of the center median at Clover Lane and Midway, and then rotated clockwise, where the driver’s side of the car hit a steel light pole in the next center median.

The light pole became wrapped under and over the Mustang, ripping the pole’s concrete base out of the ground and trapping the driver inside.

“The victim’s vehicle traveled another half a block with the light pole still wrapped around him, dragging the concrete base,” the police report said. “The victim’s vehicle came to rest in the far right lane, at which time the vehicle engulfed into flames.”

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by Dallas Fire-Rescue. His identity – and his next of kin – are pending identification by the Dallas Medical Examiner’s Office.

A Dallas police spokesperson confirmed that the driver was the only person in the car. Early reports by other news outlets had mentioned a passenger that fled the scene.

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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