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Police Blotter: Two Children Killed in Separate Crashes



    Police Blotter: Two Children Killed in Separate Crashes
    A busy night for the DPD.

    A list of stories making police headlines for Nov. 22, 2010.

    The Dallas Police Department is investigating a crash involoving one of their squad cars.  Police say two officers were in the car shortly before 3 a.m. when they made a turn onto Newkirk Street at Northwest Highway. The driver of a Suburban failed to yield, according to the officers, and struck the patrol car.  No one was injured in the crash, but the 19-year-old driver of the Suburban was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

    Investigators say Hilda Verduzco was drunk and speeding when she crashed into 24-year-old Kina Williams and her 2-year-old daughter Karmen Butler Saturday. Williams was making a left turn when Verduzco struck the side of her car. Both Williams and Butler were killed in the crash.  Verduzco has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

    Three people are in custody, including one who was shot by police, after officers caught them breaking into cars, police said. Officers found the trio on the 1300 block of Goodlan Street in Farmers Branch early Sunday morning.  When one of the officers approached the suspect's van, the driver accelerated toward him.  The officer opened fire, striking one of the occupants of the van.  The group then drove off but were later caught by police.

    Grand Prairie police are investigating a fatal crash that killed a child and sent three other people to the hospital. Police said 31-year-old Noel Romero drove into the back of a Blazer that then struck a Mercedes. The collison ejected the driver of the Blazer, 22-year-old Maria Rangel, and her three occupants -- two of which were children. One child, 3-year-old Yahaira Sotelo, was treated and released from Children's Hospital in Dallas. The second child, 1-year-old Ab Yahir Sotelo, was taken by air ambulance to Children's but later died. Rangel is being treated for internal injuries at Parkland Hospital while the fourth occupant is listed in critical condition at Methodist Hospital in Dallas. According to police, Romero fled the scene but was arrested a short time later in Arlington after being stopped while driving on a flat tire.  Neither Romero, or the driver of the Mercedes, were injured in the collision.  Romero has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

    Arlington police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman that occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on the 2300 block of Ridge Run Road. Officers arrived at the scene and found no victim, but did find blood and shell casings on the ground of the residential complex. Shortly afterward officers were notified that a woman, identified as Alysha G. Tann, had arrived at Medical Center of Arlington (MCA) with a gunshot wound. Tann later died from her injuries. Police later learned that Tann and another woman had been involved in an ongoing argument that escalated to a fight. As the fight ended, a man associated with the unnamed girl in the fight opened fire on the crowd, striking Tann and a 19-year-old man, who had been watching the fight. Tann was driven to MCA by friends. The other shooting victim, who is not being identified at this point in the investigation, is expected to survive his injury. Officers have a good lead on a suspect and continue to investigate and gather information. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Arlington Police Homicide Detective Ben Lopez at 817 459-5373, or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477). All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000.