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Fort Worth man dies when pickup crashes into tree

A 27-year-old man was killed and two others were hurt late Monday when a pickup truck smashed into a tree in an unincorporated area of northwest Tarrant County.

Eric Mejia of Fort Worth, a passenger in the truck, was identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.

The accident was reported at 9:21 p.m. in the 7500 block of Ten Mile Bridge Road, according to reports. The area is between two major lakes -- Eagle Mountain Lake to the north and Lake Worth to the south.

No citations were issued Monday, but the accident was still under investigation Tuesday morning, said Terry Grisham, spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.

Grisham noted, however, that speed "certainly was a potential factor."

"We're going to further investigate that today [Tuesday] when we have daylight," he said.

Mejia was the front-seat passenger in a westbound 1995 Chevrolet extended-cab pickup, Grisham said.

Investigators believe the truck started to veer to the right, Grisham said, and the driver tried to correct it.

"In so doing, he lost control," Grisham said. "It crossed the roadway to the eastbound side and struck a tree."

The impact was on the side where Mejia was seated, Grisham said.

A man in the back seat and the driver were hurt, Grisham said. One was taken by helicopter and the other by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, but Grisham did not know their conditions at the hospital. He declined to release their names.