Driver Flees Fatal Grand Prairie Car Wreck - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Driver Flees Fatal Grand Prairie Car Wreck



    The driver of an SUV walked away from a car wreck that left one person dead and another seriously injured Wednesday morning in Grand Prairie. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012)

    One person is dead and two people are in the hospital after a crash on state Highway 360 in Grand Prairie Wednesday morning.

    Police responded to the wreck on the northbound lanes of 360 and Webb Lynn Road at about 3:10 a.m.

    Drivers initially called police reporting debris in the roadway.

    Authorities arrived to find a Jeep Cherokee off the road, upside down in a ditch. After searching the area, police discovered that two men were ejected from the vehicle.

    Authorities believe the SUV had been speeding through a construction zone, lost control around a curve and hit cones, which caused the vehicle to veer off of the road and roll over several times.

    Officers said it appears the driver, later identified as 21-year-old Ashlee Straker, was the only person wearing a seatbelt. Straker, who lives in the area, walked away from the wreck toward his home, where he found officers waiting for him.

    Straker was taken to the hospital.

    One person was pronounced dead at the scene, 18-year-old Lokuekim "Jessy" Kipasa. The second passenger, 21-year-old Donte Pierce, was airlifted to Dallas Methodist with serious injuries.

    Officers found an empty car seat and thoroughly searched the area, but don’t believe a child had been thrown from the SUV at the time of the crash.

    After the driver recovers from his injuries, he will need to answer to police for why he fled the crash.

    Police said they are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.