NORTH RICHLAND HILLS - The driver in an early-morning crash that sent two women to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries has been arraigned on two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle and bodily injury.
Police said 26-year-old Frederick Douglas, the driver behind the wheel of a G35 Infinity speeding westbound on Airport Freeway just after 2 a.m., lost control of the vehicle, sending it airborne across the service roads and landing in the parking lot of a nearby motel.
Lucas Armstrong, the night clerk at the Best Western, told News 8 that the crash sounded like a bomb went off as the car came crashing to the ground at the site located on the Hurst-North Richland Hills. Upon hearing the loud noise, Armstrong rushed outside to find the two passengers both on the ground and the driver wandering around.
"She started making noises," Armstrong said of one of the women on the ground. "That's when I said, 'I hear you. You're alive, keep talking, keep talking, stay positive. Somebody is coming."
Police said the two passengers, both females in their twenties, were thrown from the car, landing alongside the vehicle in the motel parking lot. Air ambulances rushed both to nearby hospitals with critical injuries.
Police have not released the name of the female passengers.
Douglas is being held on a $75,000 bond.
The crash temporarily shut down westbound Airport Freeway from Precinct Line to Holiday Lane for hours. The westbound lanes of Airport Freeway were re-opened just after 5:30 a.m. while the westbound service lanes remained shut down past 7 a.m. as police investigated.