One person died in a three-car crash in Arlington Monday morning.
According to police, the crash took place at about 7:30 a.m. when an SUV traveling northbound on Fielder Road entered the intersection at Park Row Drive and struck a car turning left from the southbound lane.
After the SUV and car collided, the SUV went airborne and struck a third vehicle before hitting a signal light pole, police said.
The driver of the SUV, whose name has not yet been released, was killed in the crash.
“Apparently, he was kind of weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. Witnesses believe that he had a red light as he approached the intersection at Park Row, however he disregarded the red light signal,” said Sgt. Christopher Cook with the Arlington Police Department.
The drivers of the other two vehicles suffered only minor injuries.
Police said the intersection will remained closed most of the day while the scene is cleared and while damage to the signal pole and nearby power lines are repaired. With two schools in the area, students and parents were alerted of the blockage and buses rerouted to avoid the intersection.
Police used the crash as an opportunity to remind drivers to slow down, no matter how big of a hurry they may find themselves to be in.
“No matter how late you are to work, or whereever, it's never worth your life or getting involved in a crash. So we always remind everyone to drive the speed limit, obey the safety laws and get to your location safely,” added Cook.
The investigation into the fatal crash allowed Arlington police to use their unmanned helicopter for the first time. With the tool, they were able to get aerial video and pictures of the crash scene.
“That will really assist investigators as they piece this crash together to determine what lanes the SUV was in and some of the physical evidence that was present because there was a large debris field when it struck the vehicles and also the pole,” explained Cook.
Police expect the new technology to help in future investigations.