2 Killed, Child Injured In Birthday Outing

By Stacy Morrow
|  Friday, Dec 4, 2009  |  Updated 6:46 PM CDT
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Two people are killed after a SUV rear-ends a small car stopped on the shoulder of LBJ Freeway just east of Highway 75 at the High Five, Dallas police say.

Two people are killed after a SUV rear-ends a small car stopped on the shoulder of LBJ Freeway just east of Highway 75 at the High Five, Dallas police say.

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Two people died Friday morning after a sport utility vehicle rear-ended a small car stopped on the shoulder of LBJ Freeway just east of Highway 75 at the High Five, Dallas police said. 

Four co-workers, who were out celebrating their December birthdays, were inside the car, along with the driver's 5-year-old daughter, police said.
 
The driver had pulled over to the left shoulder at about 4:30 a.m. because the left rear passenger was sick and had to throw up, police said.  The driver of a Nissan Xterra moved onto the shoulder, thinking it was a lane of traffic, and hit the small car at highway speed, crushing it into the left guardrail, police said.

The Xterra rolled over at least once, but the driver was not injured, police said.

The front passenger and right rear passenger of the car were killed, and the driver and left rear passenger injured, police said. The child, who was in the lap of the right rear passenger, was taken to Children's Medical Center in critical condition.

Police identified the victims as Juan Balderas, 26, of McKinney and Hugo Perez, 33, of Irving.

Police said the SUV driver may face criminal negligent homicide charges.
 

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