Driver fatally injured when vehicle crashes into garage

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The driver of a station wagon who police say was speeding away from an earlier wreck died Friday evening after he ended up “upside down and bleeding” in a garage where the vehicle landed at a southwest Fort Worth home.

The man, who had not been identified late Friday, died at John Peter Smith Hospital, police spokeswoman Sharron Neal reported about 8:15 p.m.

A boy who climbed out of the vehicle was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center with minor injuries, a MedStar spokesman said. The 6-year-old “was secured in a child safety seat and suffered no significant injuries,” Neal said.

The wreck was reported at 3:10 p.m. at Culver Avenue and eastbound Southwest Boulevard (Texas 183).

The driver of the 2005 Dodge Magnum was believed to have driven away from a wreck about a half-mile southeast near Southwest Boulevard and West Vickery Boulevard, Neal said.

A pickup driver was hurt in the first wreck and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Neal said.

The Dodge driver kept going at a high speed northwest on the busy highway until the vehicle crossed a median, smacked a fire hydrant and went airborne into the garage of Leslie Brammer’s corner house, officer James Williams said

Parts from the hydrant were scattered in Brammer’s yard.

Brammer, 77, said he was near the center of his house, getting ready to pick up his 17-year-old granddaughter from school.

“It was bang, boom, kapow!” Brammer said. “I opened the door into the garage real quick, and it was dust, insulation and Sheetrock falling.”

A cloud of dust rolled into the house, where Brammer has lived for 20 years.

Brammer said he ran to the Dodge, which had landed on its roof. He saw a boy come out of the wreckage with a scratch on his forehead.

But the driver, he said, was stuck in the mangled car.

“He was upside-down and bleeding all over the driveway,” Brammer said.

Brammer, who shares the house with his daughter and granddaughter, said they could not stay there Friday night because the wreck caused all his utilities to be cut off. His 2005 Chevrolet pickup, which was parked in the driveway, was damaged. It was carried away on a flatbed wrecker.

Still, he kept smiling.

“Ain’t nothing you can do about it,” he said, “except call the insurance people.”

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

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