ARLINGTON - A man was charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter in a multi-vehicle crash that killed two adults and one child early Wednesday morning in Arlington.
The crash occurred on eastbound Interstate 30 at about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday between Eastchase Pkwy. and N. Fielder Rd.
According to a statement released by spokesman Sgt. Christopher Cook, 41-year-old Benjamon Ray Stewart was driving a pickup truck behind a passenger vehicle carrying two adults and an infant when he drove the truck into the backside of their car.
Police said the passenger car was struck a second time by a truck pulling a flatbed trailer after it became disabled, leaving it stranded in the middle lane, during the initial impact.
Cook said Stewart attempted to flee the scene first in his vehicle and then on foot in a wooded area off the interstate. Using a thermal imaging camera with the assistance of the Arlington Fire Department, police were able to locate and apprehend Stewart.
Part of the interstate was temporarily closed Wednesday morning as investigators and a clean-up crew worked at the scene.
Hanae Batchine, her husband Najib Intidam and their daughter Nour died at the scene. Intidam's cousin, Nadia Belkhoumani, said Nour would have turned one on August 6 and had just taken her first steps.
Batchine recently came from Morocco to join her husband. The three were returning home from Walmart after buying food.
Stewart was also charged with one count of failure to stop and render aid in addition to the three counts of intoxication manslaughter. He is jailed on $80,000 bond.
The family will be buried during a service on Friday.
News 8's Jim Douglas contributed to this report