Pregnant Mom Dies in Crash; Off-Duty Dallas Firefighter Suspected of DUI
A teen driver and her unborn child were killed in an accident near Dallas, and police say an off-duty firefighter was drunk when he crashed.
Cedar Hill police said a Dallas firefighter, whose identity was not disclosed, will face an intoxication manslaughter charge, Fox4 reported.
An off-duty Dallas firefighter has been placed on administrative leave after he was involved in a crash that killed a pregnant teenager Wednesday, officials say.https://t.co/XL7v1eA4Lt pic.twitter.com/nV4CUs6vRR
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) December 13, 2017
The wreck took place at 12:45 a.m. early Wednesday around the 200 block of southbound Highway 67.
The firefighter was driving a Mercedes “at a high rate of speed” when it hit a Mazda SUV, ejecting two people inside the SUV, the Fox affiliate reported, citing police. The male passenger was seriously hurt and taken to a hospital.
The pregnant woman, Alyssa Pimentel, 18, and her unborn child died in the crash, officials said.
Pimentel had posted on Facebook that she “can’t wait till January,” which was the due date for the birth. “Just me and you baby boy,” she wrote along with images of the ultrasound.
Mary Flores Pimentel, her aunt, wrote on Facebook that her “beautiful niece and her baby have gone to heaven.”
Police said that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) December 13, 2017
According to the Dallas News, the firefighter was placed on leave by the City of Dallas.
“Our preliminary investigation has revealed the driver of the Mercedes is a fireman for the city of Dallas, who was off duty at the time of the crash,” police wrote in a press release, WFAA reported. “We also believe alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash.”
Pimentel’s father told the station that she planned to name her son Josiah. She was a “sweetheart, a kind, caring person who would have done anything for anyone,” he added.
— Dionne Anglin (@DAnglinFox4) December 13, 2017
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