Speeding driver dies after slamming into tree in Grapevine

Posted Friday, Oct. 05, 2012  Print Reprints

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A 33-year-old Saginaw man was killed early Friday when the dark-colored Mazda SUV he was driving struck a tree in the 2300 block of Mustang Drive in Grapevine, officials said.

Police say the SUV was traveling at more than 80 mph.

Police are withholding the man's name pending notification of next of kin, said officer Sam Shemwell, a Grapevine police spokesman.

The man, who evidently died on impact, was the only occupant of the SUV, and no other vehicles were involved in the 1:45 a.m. collision, Shemwell said.

A Grapevine patrol officer clocked the SUV at 82 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone in the 1300 block of William D. Tate Avenue moments before the crash, Shemwell said.

"The officer turned around on the vehicle and was attempting to catch up to him," Shemwell said. "All he could see were the tail lights."

The officer saw the SUV turn onto Mustang Drive, but arrived at the crash site as the dust was settling, Shemwell said.

That section of Mustang is "a divided two lane with a wide center median with a green belt," Shemwell said. "It's kind of curvy" and the driver negotiated a couple of curves before hitting a tree in the median.

"We believe speed is a factor in why he lost control and left the road."

Terry Evans, (817) 390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans

2300 block of Mustang Drive, Grapevine, TX
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