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Teen killed after crashing stolen vehicle into light pole, Fort Worth police say

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A teen has been identified as the person killed Saturday evening after crashing a stolen vehicle into a light pole, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Monday.

The teen was De’Morrian Candler-Smith, 16, of Fort Worth, according to the website. A ruling on his death is pending an autopsy.

Fort Worth police are investigating the fatal crash that happened in the 4000 block of Hemphill Street near Bolt Street in south Fort Worth on Saturday evening.

At around 6:40 p.m., officers attempted to catch up with a vehicle that was reported to have been stolen, Officer Jimmy Pollozani said.

The driver of the vehicle then hit a light pole and was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Pollozani said the incident was not a police pursuit.



The city's Fort Worth Safe Communities Collaborative is tracking car crash data based on MedStar 911 calls, and has ranked the intersections where the most accidents have happened during the past year.

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.

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