Teen fatally struck while trying to help at Fort Worth accident scene

Posted Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- A teen waving at vehicles to avoid a wreck was killed early Sunday on Interstate 35W when he was hit by a suspected drunken driver, police said.

The 17-year-old from Grandview was knocked over a guardrail and fell 20 feet, according to preliminary police reports. Police were still trying to determine Sunday if the teen was hit by a second vehicle after he landed on Rosedale Street.

Joshua Kaluzniak was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:53 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's website.

The fatal wreck occurred at about 2:40 a.m. in the 2700 block of Interstate 35W, just over Rosedale Street.

The teen and other motorists had stopped to assist in an accident after a Jeep had hit an abandoned vehicle in the southbound lanes of the highway, police said.

Kaluzniak had gotten out of his vehicle and was standing on the right shoulder of the highway, warning other vehicles, said Officer Clifton Miller in a news release.

A black Lexus traveling south on the highway hit the teen, police said.

The driver of the Lexus was identified as Roland Wilfred Directo Jr., 43, of Fort Worth. He was arrested after being evaluated by DWI officers, who determined that he was intoxicated.

Directo was in the Fort Worth City Jail on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter.

A 42-year-old woman who was a passenger in Directo's car also was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

Interstate 35W at Rosedale Street, Fort Worth, TX
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