A baby and a 4-year-old girl were killed Tuesday night in a traffic accident on Interstate 35E in Dallas in which a Chevrolet Cavalier they were in ran out of gas on the highway and was hit from behind by another vehicle, Dallas police said.
Dallas police may refer the case to a Dallas County grand jury because the driver of the Cavalier remained in a traffic lane and failed to turn her hazard lights on, authorities said.
Killed in the crash was 4-month-old Nebriyah Bates and 4-year-old Tey-Onna Burnley.
Two other children and three adults in the Cavalier were injured and taken to area hospitals. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, Dallas police said in a news release.
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A passenger and the driver of the Lincoln Town Car that ran into the back of the Cavalier were treated at the scene.
The wreck occurred about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes of I-35E just north of the Ann Arbor Avenue exit.
The Cavalier stopped in the right lane of the highway after running out of gas, Dallas police said. The 22-year-old driver called another family member for assistance, police said.
The driver of the Lincoln told Dallas police that he attempted to avoid the Cavalier, but couldn't.
On impact, the Cavalier rotated, went off the highway and hit a light pole, Dallas police said.
Both children who were killed were sitting in a rear seat, police said. Authorities had not determined if the children were in child safety seats.
Authorities said they may present the case as a negligent homicide.