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Investigation continues in death of Fort Worth man who jumped from SUV

FORT WORTH -- Police have talked to a woman whose car may have hit a man who jumped from behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle after arguing with his girlfriend.

Hector Heredia, 21, of Fort Worth was killed late Saturday after he was hit at least once after his leap in the 2400 block of northbound Interstate 35W, police said.

He was pronounced dead at 11:59 p.m. at the scene, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.

The incident happened just north of the intersection with Morningside Drive, and just prior to the Allen Street exit, said Sgt. Rodney Bangs, supervisor of the traffic investigation unit.

The girlfriend, also 21, told police that Heredia was driving the Chevrolet Tahoe while they argued, Bangs said.

He noted that there was a toddler, believed to be their daughter, in the SUV with them.

"He exited from the driver seat at freeway speeds," Bangs said. "Of course, she reached over, grabbed the steering wheel and managed to get the car to the shoulder.

"She remained there, and she was interviewed on the scene by officers and a detective. She was very distraught, and she was released at the scene."

An Arlington woman contacted Fort Worth police Sunday morning and "said she might have struck him," Bangs said.

"We don't know how many people may have struck him," he added.

The Arlington woman was cooperating with investigators, he said.

"Of course it's still under investigation, so we can't say yet if any criminal charges will be pursued," Bangs said.