DALLAS — Police arrested a driver and charged him with intoxication manslaughter after his vehicle struck an Irving man involved in an accident early Thursday morning on westbound LBJ Freeway.
The incident began when two drivers involved in a crash just west of the Dallas North Tollway exited their cars at about 2:45 a.m. Witnesses said a third vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into the wrecked cars from behind and struck 35-year-old Pramod Paul, who was killed instantly. The other driver was able to jump out of the way.
"I heard a car start to screech," said Brandon Martin, a witness at the scene. "I saw debris flying everywhere. The guy who lost his life was on top of the hood."
The driver of the third vehicle, 38-year-old Jerry Abraham, was taken into custody at a Dallas hospital, where he was transported with injuries sustained in the accident.
There are no shoulders on the stretch of LBJ Freeway where the accident occurred as the area is under construction.
"There's no place to get off and something's going to happen," said Allyson Wade, who drives on the freeway at least once a week.
LBJ Express released a statement encouraging drivers to use caution in the construction zones.
"The message isn't really about where to stand or pull over. Its about being safe when driving the corridor to prevent accidents from occurring. We have said from day one that in the construction zone drivers need to slow down, put down any distractions and pay attention to the road. However, ultimately it's up to a driver on where they pull over or if they decide to step out of their vehicle when involved in an accident, before the police respond."
Some drivers said they avoid LBJ Freeway because they believe it's too dangerous.
"I've become kind of a homebody," said Wayne McClain. "And I'm going to stay that way until they finish this thing."
Westbound LBJ Freeway was closed but reopened at about 6:30 a.m. Traffic was diverted onto the service road at Preston Road.