A woman was in critical condition after she was hit crossing the southbound lanes of Loop 12 in Irving on Friday morning.
Irving police shut down southbound Loop 12 for several hours after two crashes and a pursuit.
Police said it started when a truck hit the center divider between Shady Grove and Irving Boulevard. That vehicle came to a stop on the right shoulder. An Irving police officer said the driver of that vehicle will face DWI charges.
A witness, Ronnie Johnson, told NBC 5 that the driver was clearly intoxicated and was asking for a ride to Fort Worth. That witness refused and called police. Another driver, going northbound, stopped in the center median to offer help.
The male driver and his female passenger tried to cross the southbound lanes of Loop 12 to get a ride. That’s when a sedan hit the woman, seriously injuring her.
“They tried to run across the interstate and they didn't make it,” Ronnie Johnson, a witness, said. ”She was already hurt from the accident, from when they ran into the wall, I think she couldn't get out of the way fast enough.”
The male driver of the southbound vehicle and the northbound driver then left the scene. Irving police caught up with them on state Highway 183. It’s unclear if the two knew each other prior to the crash.
An officer said the two men will not face charges for leaving the scene.
The driver of the sedan that hit the woman was not impaired or injured. He remained on scene and will likely not face any charges.
The woman was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Irving police re-opened the southbound lanes by 6:20 a.m.