EULESS — Accident investigators plan to ask the district attorney’s office this week to consider filing street racing charges in an October wreck that killed a 22-year-old Joshua woman featured in the MTV reality show A Double Shot at Love.
Sr. Cpl. Scott Peterson, a Euless police accident investigator, declined to speak at length about the case. According to police, Kandice Ann Hutchison was traveling west on Airport Freeway through Euless in a 2004 Nisson 350Z sport coupe, followed by a 2008 Mazda 6 driven by Benjamin Michael Rowell, 29, of Fort Worth.
Both drivers eventually lost control of their vehicles, according to police. Although Hutchinson was killed, Rowell was not injured. Repeated attempts to reach Hutchison’s family were unsuccessful.
Filming of the MTV show was finished before Hutchison died in the Oct. 21 crash. On the show, 12 “sexy lesbians” and 12 “hot straight guys” compete for the affection of the “ikki twins,” Vikki and Rikki, identical twins who are both bisexual. None of the participants use last names on the show.
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Hutchison was killed when she was ejected from her vehicle.
According to the report, the speeding cars approached a Ford Mustang in the center lane of Airport Freeway, near North Main Street. Hutchison moved to the right lane and Rowell moved to the left lane to pass the vehicle, investigators wrote.
After passing the Mustang, Hutchison veered from the right lane, across the center lane and struck the Mazda, the report states. Both drivers lost control of their vehicles. Hutchison’s Nissan crashed into the concrete center median, flipped onto the median and slid along the top of it until the car slammed into a bridge support and caught on fire, according to the report.
Hutchison, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. She died at the scene. Rowell and a 19-year-old passenger in the Mazda were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
The first episode of Love, which has been available online, aired Tuesday, made no mention of Hutchison’s death. Representatives of 495 Productions, which filmed the show for MTV, and network officials declined comment.
MTV issued this statement through a publicist: “We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Kandice. We plan to air a tribute during the season.”
It was unclear when the tribute would air.
In the opening scenes of the premier, helicopters lifted two wooden crates — one labeled “boys” and one labeled “girls”— and deposited them onto the lawn of a glitzy mansion.
The twins pretend to be one person, taking turns meeting with the contestants. Hutchison, who described herself as a make-up artist, has a prominant role in the episode – she wedges herself between one of the twins and contestant named Jen as they kiss.
Later, Hutchison and the contestant get into an argument, but both women make it through the first elimination round.
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