2 teens killed in Mansfield crash identified

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on June 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 8:35 PM

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UPDATE 6/11: The Tarrant County Medical Examiner released the names and causes of death of the two children killed in Sunday's crash.

The deceased were identified as Anthony McAfee, 14, and Ashante' Wilson, 16. McAfee's cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma to the chest and head, while Wilson's cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma to the head.

The third child and driver in the car have still not been identified.


EARLIER: MANSFIELD — While Mansfield police continue to investigate a Sunday evening car crash that has killed at least two children, witnesses described to News 8 a horrific scene moments after the accident.

Eric Moore was driving along East Broad Street when he said a line of cars in front of him slammed on their brakes for someone trying to turn into the Lowe's Farm subdivision.

"The [Ford] Explorer behind us must not have seen the brake lights, because he swerved," Moore said.

A Ford F-250 pickup truck in the oncoming lane hit the Explorer head-on.

Mansfield police said two children in the car, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, were killed. A third youngster, who is 10 years old, is in critical condition.

Moore said he and other drivers helped pull the driver of the car — the father of at least one of the children — from the driver's seat.

"He kept asking, 'Where are my kids?'" Moore said. "We didn't have the heart to tell him."

The driver, whose name has not been released, remains hospitalized.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner said Monday it was still waiting to notify next of kin before releasing the identities of the children. A Mansfield ISD spokesperson said the youngsters were not students in that district.

Another woman who saw the aftermath of the crash from her nearby backyard said it was devastating.

"I just can't believe two people died right there," Melissa Goodman said.

But other neighbors said as much as it pains them, they aren't that surprised about what happened  because this stretch of East Broad Street has been far too congested for months now.

"With a new high school down the road,  people are just going so fast in here," Clay Spain said.

The city told News 8 on Monday that a road construction project is slated to begin in July that will widen that section of East Broad from two to four lanes. A median will also be installed.

Accident investigators are still trying to determine the exact details of what happened. Speed is being looked at as a factor, but drug or alcohol use is not believed to be involved.

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