7-month-old boy in stroller killed in Arlington crash

Posted Thursday, May. 29, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Seconds after the stroller carrying his young son was crushed by a pickup truck, a father picked up the 7-month-old boy and carried him across the street.

A woman in a sedan that had been involved in the crash began screaming.

“It was the dad carrying his baby over to her, yelling, ‘Look at what you’ve done,’ ” said Dr. Jerrod Edwards, who had rushed from his office the minute he heard the crash.

The young boy, David Bingenheimer, died at the scene, a busy intersection in south Arlington.

The father, Daniel Bingenheimer, 28, had apparently been standing with his son at California Lane, waiting to cross the 2800 block of South Cooper Street when a red Toyota pickup truck, which was traveling southbound on Cooper, and the white Chrsyler sedan, which was attempting to make a left turn onto California, collided.

The truck careened into the father and stroller, killing David.

The child’s father and the woman driving the sedan were taken to the Medical Center of Arlington, where they were treated and released with minor injuries Thursday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Abbi Miller said.

The driver of the pickup truck was not seriously injured. Police declined to identify the drivers of the two vehicles.

Police spokeswoman Cheryel Carpenter said investigators are trying to determine which vehicle had the green light.

A ‘loud bang’

Mohamad Weiss, manager of the Texas Food Store at 1101 California Lane, said he was helping a customer when he heard the crash and a “loud bang” at about 9:30 a.m.

Edwards, owner of Crowne Chiropractic Clinic at 2810 S. Cooper St., also heard the collision.

Both rushed outside.

“I saw the stroller in the middle of the street and the dad crying and going crazy, holding the baby in the median,” Weiss said.

Edwards ran to back to his chiropractic office and grabbed his office manager, Candace Money, who teaches CPR and first aid.

A woman at a nearby bakery grabbed a white blanket and hurriedly covered the body, which was now on the ground.

“I knelt down to check on the baby … and took one look and there was no question,” Money said.

Money then turned her attention to the woman in the sedan who was “tearing up the inside of her car and frantically screaming.”

Money said she convinced the woman to call her mom to come to the scene and calm her down.

‘She hit me, she hit me’

The pickup truck driver, a mechanic at a Cooper Street auto repair shop, was “rattling off to the dad and kept saying, ‘She hit me. She hit me,’ ” Money said.

Money said she convinced him to stay by his truck until police arrived, she said.

The father, who was trying to reach his wife on his cell phone, appeared to have hurt his leg, Money said.

She said he was dragging it along, “but was so upset, distraught and shocked.”

When reached for comment, the child’s mother declined, stating “all we want is to spend time with our family and grieve in peace.”

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792 Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

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