Fort Worth

Police: He didn't move his car out of traffic after a wreck, and a baby was killed

Wylie Alanis, 35, is in jail accused of manslaughter in the death of a one-year-old girl last month.
Wylie Alanis, 35, is in jail accused of manslaughter in the death of a one-year-old girl last month. Fort Worth Jail

A Fort Worth man has been arrested and faces a manslaughter charge in the death of a 1-year-old girl in April, police say.

Wylie Alanis, 35, was jailed Thursday and also faces two charges of child endangerment and one charge of marijuana possession, according to police records.

At about 7:10 p.m. on April 14, Alanis was driving with four girls in a Honda Element in the 3300 block of Northwest Loop 820 when he was rear-ended by a Nissan Altima, according to the accident report.

Stopping his car in a lane of traffic rather than pulling over to the shoulder of the freeway, Alanis left his vehicle to speak to the driver of the Altima, which was then rear-ended by a Ford 150 pickup truck, the report says.

The collision caused the Altima to roll over, leading to the infant's fatal injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

Grace Jackson, age 1, was in a rear-facing child seat in the back seat of the Altima, according to the report. She was transported to Cook Children's Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival, police spokesman Tracy Carter said.

Two other passengers in the Altima, Haley Choate, 27, and Colby Jackson, 20, were injured and transported to Harris Methodist Hospital, according to the accident report.

Carter said Alanis, rather than the driver of the pick-up, was charged with manslaughter and child endangerment because Alanis failed to remove his vehicle, which was operational, from traffic and was thus deemed responsible for the accident.

Alanis has had previous run-ins with the law with convictions including writing graffiti, driving while intoxicated, evading arrest and contact assault.

Fort Worth Police and the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office are looking for these 10 fugitives. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

Scene from a multi-vehicle fatality accident on I-35W southbound just north of Ripy Street in Fort Worth.

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74