Highway 114 reopened after fatal wrong-way accident

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 7:51 AM

SOUTHLAKE - All westbound lanes of State Highway 114 at Kimball Avenue in Southlake were reopened by 8:45 a.m. after a shutdown due to a wrong-way crash that turned deadly early Monday morning.

A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said the driver of a white sedan, 18-year-old Cristian Leos, lost control and crashed into the median just before 1:30 a.m. Monday. Police were in the eastbound lanes trying to alert the wrong-way driver, but they said Leos responded by speeding up to more than 100 miles per hour, slamming into the median and flipping the car onto its roof.

DPS said the man in the passenger seat died instantly. An air ambulance rushed Leos to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth; he was reportedly conscious and talking at the time.

Leos is now in police custody in Keller, charged with intoxication manslaughter. More charges could follow, depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Police said sometime after 1 a.m. Monday, people began calling 911 to report seeing the driver going the wrong way. DPS said police responded within minutes.

Several minutes later, DPS said the wrong-way driver had crashed. DPS said Southlake police were not chasing the driver in any way.

There was no word on where Leos entered westbound Highway 114 going the wrong direction.

"It is a tragedy," said Southlake DPS Police Chief Stephen Mylett. "A life was lost in this horrific accident; an accident that should have never occurred. At this point, we believe alcohol was involved."

DPS is trying to contact family members of the victim, and until then, will not release the name of the deceased. The vehicle involved in the crash is registered to a Dallas address.

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