GARLAND — Police have arrested the teenage driver who they say abandoned a vehicle on Interstate 635 in Garland after a chain-reaction crash led to the death of a woman and a 4-year-old child late Wednesday night.
Adalberto Rivera, 17, is facing a charge of failure to stop and render aid. He was arrested near Skyline High School in Dallas Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened at about 11 p.m. Wednesday on SB I-635 near the La Prada Drive exit.
It took police more than 12 hours to track down Rivera. Investigators say he and two young passengers abandoned a white Ford Mustang on the busy interstate and took off running.
However, authorities say Good Samaritans attempted to help others during the tragic accident.
"People stopped," Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said. "They were assisting those that were actually trapped in the vehicles, so the assistance that we’re getting from people around here is great."
Police say the four-vehicle pileup crash started when Rivera started weaving in and out of traffic late Wednesday night. Witnesses told police the driver of the Mustang was speeding, but then began to slow down before suddenly coming to a stop.
The driver of an SUV behind the Mustang hit the brakes, and another car became wedged between two vehicles.
Two passengers inside a Saturn, 18-year-old Yene Rivera and 4-year-old Sophia Rivera, were killed. Another child, 2-year-old Jayden Maireina-Rivera, and the driver of that Saturn, 20-year-old Brian Rivera, were left with critical injuries.
Police believe Rivera is related to the victims who were riding in the Saturn.
Police have impounded the Mustang.