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Pedestrian killed in early morning MLK Freeway collision

Hundreds honor fallen Grand Prairie police officer at candlelight vigil

Hundreds gathered Sunday night to honor the memory of fallen Grand Prairie Police Officer Albert "A.J." Castaneda. Castaneda was killed in a crash on the President George Bush Turnpike Friday while working speed enforcement.
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Hundreds gathered Sunday night to honor the memory of fallen Grand Prairie Police Officer Albert "A.J." Castaneda. Castaneda was killed in a crash on the President George Bush Turnpike Friday while working speed enforcement.

A pedestrian trying to cross the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway died early Tuesday morning after several cars hit her, according to Fort Worth police.

The woman, who was not identified by police, was struck by one vehicle near Miller Avenue at around 2:30 a.m., police said. She was then run over up to five times by other vehicles on the highway.

The driver of the first vehicle remained on the scene, police said, and there were no charges.

This marks at least the fourth local fatal pedestrian accident in the area in less than a week.

Three people, including a father and daughter, were killed on Interstate 20 in Arlington on Thursday night after a suspected intoxicated driver hit them and their cars on the shoulder of the highway.

Grand Prairie Officer Albert “A.J.” Castaneda was killed on the President George Bush Turnpike on Friday morning when he was hit by a car as he stood outside of patrol vehicle running radar. Officers and residents from across North Texas honored Castaneda on Sunday night at a vigil. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the accident, and no charges have been filed against the driver, Grand Prairie police said.

Another person died in Grand Prairie early Saturday morning while trying to cross North Highway 360. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified him as Christopher Michael Mekhjian, 26, of Dallas. No charges are expected to be filed against the driver.

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