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Driver Going 157 MPH on I-20 Killed Teenager, Charged With Manslaughter: Police

Airbag data confirms driver's speed in fatal crash, police say

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A man was driving nearly 160 mph on Interstate 20 in Fort Worth when he rear-ended another car, killing a teenager and injuring at least two others, police say.

The crash occurred March 15 at about 11 p.m. in the 2600 block of West I-20, near McCart Avenue, where police said the driver of a Camaro slammed into an SUV killing an occupant and injuring two others.

The victim was identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as 19-year-old Shaundi Smallwood. Three others in the car were hospitalized, police said.

Smallwood Family
Shaundi Smallwood

On Thursday Fort Worth police arrested 22-year-old Bryce Abernathy, of Arlington, and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of manslaughter.

Smallwood's family described him as a loving man who liked to sing and write music.

"I'll tell you I never thought I would have to bury any of my children," said Smallwood's mother Stephenie Smallwood.

They say he and his friends had gone to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington earlier that night and were just hanging out together.

Data from Abernathy’s airbag showed he was going 157 mph at the time of the crash, police said. The posted speed limit was 70 mph.

"I just don't understand," Smallwood's mother said. "How did you think that was OK to drive that fast around cars and other people?"

Bryce Abernathy
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Bryce Abernathy

"Reckless driving is irresponsible, egregious, and dangerous," police said in a statement.

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