May 6, 2014

One teen dead, two injured after car hits tree in Arlington

A mustang “wrapped around a tree,” killing the front-seat passenger and injuring the driver and back-seat passenger, police report.

A teenager was killed and two young men were injured Tuesday morning when a Ford Mustang hit a tree in a wooded residential area in southeast Arlington, police reported.

Michael Rowlls, 17, was pronounced dead at 10:35 a.m. at the scene in the 1900 block of Winter Pass Trail, the Tarrant County medical examiner reported.

Witnesses said the Mustang was headed west at high speed, said Lt. Lee Tovar, an Arlington Fire Department spokesman.

The car left the road and “wrapped around a tree,” Richard said.

Emergency workers took the driver to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with injuries that are not life-threatening, police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said.

Rowlls, in the front passenger seat, and a back-seat passenger were trapped in the car and had to be extricated by firefighters. The other passenger was taken to Medical Center of Arlington with injuries that are not life-threateningn, Richard said.

The ages of the survivors were not released. One is a student at Seguin High School, according to the Arlington school district and police. Rowlls’ family told investigators that he was not in school, Richard said.

Investigators are trying to determine whether speed was a factor, she said.

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