Driver killed in fiery crash on Arlington freeway

Arlington fatal accident

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An investigator examines the wreckage of a car that crashed into a bridge support and caught fire on Interstate 20 in Arlington on May 24, 2013.



Posted on May 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Updated Saturday, May 25 at 8:32 PM

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ARLINGTON — The eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 have reopened after a fiery crash killed an 18-year-old driver late Friday night.

The incident was reported around 11:15 p.m. at the Park Springs Boulevard overpass.

A sedan driven by Leo Avila crashed into a bridge support and caught fire. Avila was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police that the vehicle had been traveling at a very high speed — possibly more than 100 mph — on a wet road surface.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office ruled Avila's death was caused by a combination of the collision and the ensuing fire.

The eastbound lanes of I-20 were shut down for about three hours after the crash.