Written by Phil Cerroni
The Irving Police Department is currently investigating a multi-vehicle fatality accident that occurred Feb. 18 at about 8:48 p.m.
Anthony Almanza, 39, of Grand Prairie, was driving his 2004 Dodge pickup truck southbound in the 1300 block of S. Belt Line Rd. approaching Trinity. The traffic light at the intersection was red for the direction he was driving and there were multiple vehicles stopped at the light in front of him. Almanza failed to stop for the red light and rear-ended a 2001 Nissan that was stopped for the red light. The impact pushed the Nissan into the back of the 2000 Kia that was stopped in front of it.
The driver of the Nissan, 39-year-old Luis Andrade of Grand Prairie, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The passenger in his car, 23-year-old Imelda Corea, was also transported to a hospital and was listed in serious condition. The driver of the Kia was not injured.
Almanza was injured during the crash and also transported to the hospital.
Officers at the scene believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash; therefore, a DWI investigation was initiated. Once Almanza was released from the hospital, he was arrested and booked into the Irving jail. Almanza remains in-custody on one count of Intoxication Manslaughter and one count of Intoxication Assault. Due to the severity of the incident, a mandatory blood draw was required. The blood draw was taken from Almanza at the hospital and submitted to the lab.
Source: Irving Police Department