Creekview High mourns another death after former student killed in crash

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM

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DALLAS -- Dallas fire officials said they're looking into how long it took for crews to arrive at a fiery car crash that killed two people early Friday morning.

Witnesses on the scene questioned the response time. The crash happened just off Central Expressway and Lemmon Avenue.

One of the victims was a graduate of Creekview High School in Carrollton. That school community was already dealing with the deaths of two students this year.

Now, they’re mourning again.

Trey Pupenbroke, 19, is the third person with ties to Creekview High to die in the last month. He and the driver of the car, a former Newman-Smith High student, were killed when it burst into flames.

Dallas police say the gray Dodge Stratus driven by 25-year-old Joshua Armstead lost control, smashed into a wrought iron fence, and then hit a wooden utility pole. The car burst into flames, trapping Armstead and Pupenbroke.

Two other men were pulled out and taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Dallas police tried to put out the fire with extinguishers.

One witness at a nearby apartment complex, who shot home video, questioned what took Dallas firefighters so long to arrive. "You guys have 100 police here without the fire department," a witness can be heard yelling in the video.

Dallas fire officials said they're looking into issues related to the route taken by their firefighters and the information they were given by dispatch.

Pupenbroke's death marks the third time Creekview high school is mourning a current or former student in the last two months. Kiet Nguyen, a football player, suddenly died last month. Another student committed suicide. Carrollton-Farmers Branch officials told News 8 they were already watching students closely, in case any of them needed to talk with counselors.

The latest death generated a swarm of tweets offering prayers and support for Creekview. One message said, "My prayers go out to the Creekview community as we lose yet another student. RIP Trey."

Dallas fire officials say they should know whether there were any problems regarding their response time by Monday.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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