Police: Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash in Denton



Posted on May 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Updated Saturday, May 4 at 9:09 PM

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DENTON — Two people were killed Saturday morning in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 35W in Denton.

Denton police spokesman Officer Orlando Hinojosa said they received multiple 911 calls about a wrong-way driver around 6:20 a.m.

He said a Honda Accord being driven by a man identified as Juan E. de la Cruz, 25,  was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.

The crash happened near FM 2449, four miles south of the I-35 split when de la Cruz' vehicle hit a Toyota Highlander head-on.

De la Cruz, a resident of Denton, and 55-year-old Amy Lynne Morrow of Rhome, the driver of the Highlander, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A Ford Mustang and an Infiniti G35S were also involved in the crash. The women driving those vehicles were taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, where they were treated and released.

"We don't know if alcohol was involved in this accident or not," Hinojosa said. "It's too early in the investigation to know."

The northbound lanes of I-35W were closed for four hours during the accident investigation.

WFAA photojournalist Robert Flagg in Denton contributed to this report.