Crime

Driver killed in crash behind North Richland Hills Wal-Mart

A motorist who was driving recklessly behind a Wal-Mart in North Richland Hills crashed early Tuesday and died when the vehicle burst into flames with him trapped inside, North Richland Hills police said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office did not know the victim’s identity Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. behind the Wal-Mart at 6401 NE Loop 820 in North Richland Hills.

Police initially received a report of reckless driving. When they arrived, they found a vehicle engulfed in flames. The motorist could not get out, and first responders could not rescue him.

Police learned that the motorist had been driving a sport utility vehicle in circles in reverse behind the store. He drove that way for about two minutes before crashing into a large stack of wooden pallets near a loading dock, police said. The vehicle got stuck in the pallets, which caught fire and trapped the driver.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A ruling on the exact cause of death had not been made.

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