Driver Dies Trying to Protect Passenger: Witness

The driver is in jail suspected of intoxicated manslaughter

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    Jeremy Price was killed by a suspected drunk driver who ran a red light and slammed into his car on Ervay Street, his family says he was the glue that kept their family together. (Published Thursday, May 24, 2012)

    A man is charged with intoxication manslaughter after a violent car crash overnight Wednesday killed a man and sent a woman and baby to the hospital.

    Police said the driver of a pickup truck, Mathew Moore, 26, ran a red light and hit the victim’s car.  It happened at the intersection of Ervay Street and Corinth Street, just south of Downtown Dallas around 11:40 p.m.

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    A man is dead and a woman is injured after a suspected drunken driver crashed into the pair overnight Wednesday. (Published Thursday, May 24, 2012)

    Police said the woman, 20-year-old KelliLynne Seamen, of Mesquite, is in serious condition, though she and her 7-month-old child are expected to survive.  The man driving the car, 25-year-old Jeremy Price, of Mesquite, did not survive.  An ambulance rushed him to Parkland Hospital where he died a short time later.

    Rescuers had to cut the victims out of the vehicle.

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    Police said three people were in a vehicle driving through an intersection when a pickup truck smashed into the driver's side pinning a man, woman and baby inside. (Published Thursday, May 24, 2012)

    Price's grandmother, Vesta Bartie, said Seaman and her grandson were only friends and that the woman is 5 months pregnant with her second child.

    NBC 5 confirmed Friday that Seamon was 5 months pregnant and lost the unborn child.

    Witnesses said the driver of the truck blew through the Ervay Street intersection and T-boned the car on the driver's side.  A witness said the truck had its hazard lights on and was speeding down the street, right before the deadly crash.

    “He blew by me," said witness Eddie McKnight. "I was doing 30, he had to be doing 70. The next thing I know I can see the red lights up there then all of the sudden, ‘Boom!’ He ran smack into the car.  It was a real violent collision, you don't see many of those, it’s horrible.  He wasn't concerned about the other people at all."

    McKnight added that as Price lay dying in the driver's seat, it was apparent he tried to shield his passenger from the brutal impact of the crash.

    "The guy, it looked like he was trying to protect her the way his body was," said McKnight.  "It was horrible."

    Moore, who has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault, argued with police as they tried to handcuff him.  Seamen's family would like to see an additional charge of intoxication manslaughter added due to the loss of the unborn child.