Hit-and-run suspect talks to Grand Prairie police

Posted Monday, May. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A man who faces charges in the wreck on Saturday in which a 42-year-old Dallas woman was killed called Grand Prairie police Monday and later gave a formal statement to officers, police reported.

The man was not arrested, said Grand Prairie police Sgt. Eric Hansen. But he could face a charge of failure to stop and render aid, and possibly other charges.

“We have to get a warrant,” Hansen said in an email that asked why the man wasn’t arrested immediately.

The three-vehicle wreck occurred about 6:40 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 20 at Texas 161. A green Dodge Caravan shifted from the far left lane into the center lane and struck a gray Mercury Grand Marquis in which Julie Stoker was a passenger, police reported.

The Marquis spun across the interstate and struck a Toyota Tundra pickup, which was stopped on the right shoulder.

Stoker was pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital. The Marquis’ driver, Derrick Carwardine, 39, of Arlington, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The Tundra’s three occupants were treated at the crash scene and released.

The Caravan driver briefly stopped but drove away, Hansen said.

Stoker was Grand Prairie’s ninth traffic fatality this year, Hansen said.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans

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