Victims of two traffic accidents on Alta Mere Drive die

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Two men died this week from injuries they received in separate traffic accidents on Alta Mere Drive in west Fort Worth.

The accidents, about two-tenths of a mile apart, happened on March 16 and Oct. 1, police records show.

David Stephens, 47, of Lake Worth died at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday at a special care facility where he was being treated after a wreck in March in the 3100 block of Alta Mere, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

The cause of death was listed as “complications of traumatic head injuries due to a wheelchair-motor vehicle collision,” according to the medical examiner.

Police records show that the wreck was reported at 11:38 p.m. March 16. The records also state that Stephens had been in the roadway in a wheelchair but don’t indicate why.

The vehicle that hit the wheelchair was driven by a 20-year-old man, who was traveling northbound at about 35 mph, said Sgt. Kelly Peel, police spokesman.

No charges were filed against the driver, Peel said in an email.

“It was an accident,” Peel added. “He was unable to stop and avoid hitting the victim.”

In the second wreck, Michael Montandon, 55, of Fort Worth was fatally injured the night of Oct. 1 while crossing the road in the 3300 block of Alta Mere.

“This was an auto-ped accident where the lighting conditions were poor,” Peel said in an email.

He said that Montandon was struck as he walked across the lanes of traffic, not at an intersection.

No other information about the wreck was available Friday night.

Montando died at 8:21 p.m. Thursday in the intensive care ward at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, the medical examiner reported.

The cause of death was listed as “multiple blunt force injuries due to a pedestrian-motor vehicle collision,” according to the medical examiner.

Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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