The traffic death of a Fort Worth woman Monday afternoon in Lake Worth may have resulted from broken chunks of wood in the access road of Northeast Loop 820, police said.
Leticia Reyna, 24, died at the scene of the wreck, beneath the Azle Avenue bridge that spans the NW Loop 820 access road, just west of Marine Creek Lake, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.
The medical examiner also reported that the time of death was 2:35 p.m., although Lake Worth Police records indicate that the accident occurred later.
Reyna was traveling northeast on the Loop in a white 1996 Chevrolet Lumina, said Lake Worth Police Capt. Dave Tatsak.
He said that chunks of wood from a broken pallet or shipping crate were in the roadway near the accident scene.
A witness told police that the car started to wobble and then went out of control, Tatsak said.
"I'm surmising the debris in the road took her by surprise and she made a sudden adjustment with the steering wheel," Tatsak said.
The car veered to the right and hit the upward concrete slope beneath the bridge and then hit one of the large pillars that support the bridge, Tatsak said.
The car wrapped around the pillar and then fell back onto the roadway, "facing the direction it had just come from," Tatsak said.
She appeared to have died instantly, he said.
Emergency crews had to use special equipment to remove Reyna from the wreckage, Tatsak said. Rush-hour traffic was backed up in the area and it had to be diverted until the wreckage was cleared, Tatsak said.
No one else was involved in the wreck, Tatsak said.
He said, however, that there were no witnesses to how the wood got onto the roadway.