A 34-year-old Fort Worth man died early Tuesday after driving into a parked vehicle near the intersection of Southwest Loop 820 and Chisholm Trail Parkway.
Matthew Bateman, a Ridglea Hills resident, was pronounced dead at 4:24 a.m. Fort Worth police say he drove his Nissan Armada into a Ford F-250 pickup parked on the shoulder of the freeway.
Fort Worth police spokesman Tracy Carter said police do not believe that Bateman was intoxicated or distracted.
Jenna McNabb told the Star-Telegram she and Bateman were very close.
"His last text to me at 4:04 was, “I love you more. Choose to be happy, Jenna,” McNabb said via email.
"Then he died 20 minutes after that. He told me he loved me more than anything in this world all the time and how I was his once in a lifetime love. He was my rock. I’m devastated."
A Facebook page belonging to Bateman was filled with tributes Wednesday morning.
September Horton, who has a 13-year-old daughter with Bateman, said in a message to the Star-Telegram that he was "very well-loved."
"I don't know what to say or how to think yet," wrote Horton, who said she split up with Bateman in 2004. "It’s a devastating loss and he’s going to be missed so much more than I can tell you.
"He always looked for the sunshine and the happiness of every situation. We were close. He’s the one I called when I needed a pick-me-up. He called me for advice and to talk," she wrote. "His daughter is devastated. She just bought him a shirt and she will never be able to give it to him."
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