A former Arlington Heights High School wide receiver died over the weekend in a traffic accident.
Elijah Pierson, 22, died at John Peter Smith Hospital at 3:46 a.m. Sunday after a wreck in the 3900 block of Interstate 30, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.
Pierson was eastbound in a Dodge Charger when he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler, Fort Worth police spokesman Brad Perez said.
"After the collision, the Dodge caught on fire [and] an independent witness removed the driver, who was unconscious, from the vehicle," Perez said. He said he had no further details.
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Phil Young coached Pierson in 2013, his senior year at Heights. The starting receiver "was very coachable, happy, hardworking and fun to be around," Young said Monday. "He always had a smile on his face."