Wrong Way Crash Leaves Innocent Driver Dead

Alan Scaia
July 17, 2019 - 10:07 am
Wrong Way Crash Shuts Down Dallas Highway

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas County Sheriff's Department says a wrong way driver caused a crash that left the driver of the other car dead Wednesday morning.

The crash on I-345, the elevated highway between Downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum, was reported at 2:22 a.m.

Investigators say Cesar Torres, 24, entered the northbound lanes of I-345 at Main Street going south. He hit an oncoming car head-on, killing the driver of the other car, MacArthur Brantley, 55.

"[Torres] is going to be charged with involuntary manslaughter because he recklessly caused the death of another person while driving the wrong way," says the Dallas County Sheriff's Department's Raul Reyna. "As soon as he gets out of the hospital, he's going to be booked into jail, but he's going to be in the hospital for a little bit."

Reyna says Torres will also be tested for drugs and alcohol, and the charges could be changed to intoxication manslaughter if he was under the influence.

"Most of these accidents occur in the early hours between 1 a.m. to about three or four in the morning," he says. "That's because there are a lot of people who are leaving the bars, they've been drinking, they're confused or don't see the wrong way signs."

Monday evening, former Dallas City Councilwoman Carolyn Davis was killed and her daughter was injured when police say a drunk driver crossed the center line of East Ledbetter Road, hitting her head-on. The driver of that car survived and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

"For some reason, the past couple days, we've seen these accidents. Even though they're a small percentage, they're pretty catastrophic and usually result in a fatality because it's usually going to be a head-on collision," Reyna says.

Reyna says 60 percent of drivers who cause wrong-way crashes have been drinking, used a drug that might impair them or are distracted.