Two drivers were killed this morning at 1 am on Highway 287 when a wrong-way accident ended the lives of John Layton and Alex Ford. Layton, 46-years-old, had been driving the wrong-way down the highway for a mile and half when the accident happened. Layton slammed into Ford’s Honda CRV and the force of the crash trapped both drivers inside their cars. Layton’s Kia caught on fire. The flames spread to Ford’s car and they both died at the scene. Ford was only 20 years old.
Layton had been driving the wrong-way for at least a few miles. Another concerned motorist was calling the police to notify them when the accident took place. The cops don’t know for sure whether or not alcohol was a factor, and they are still investigating. It is hard to believe that at 1 am on a Thursday morning a car would be driving the wrong-way for miles for any reason other than that the driver was under the influence.
Fatal Hit-and-Run in Tarrant County
Unfortunately, Layton and Ford were not the only two men to die on the roads this morning. An early morning jogger set out for a run in Tarrant County sometime before 5:45 am. He was running on the 13800 block of Willow Springs Road facing oncoming traffic so that he could see if any cars on the horizon. The jogger didn’t get a chance to react to the truck that struck and killed him because the vehicle actually came up from behind him.
A 2007 blue Ford Ranger pickup truck crossed over the center line of the roadway and hit the jogger in the back. The driver, who has not yet been found by police, fled the scene of the crime. While police were able to track down the vehicle and connect to the scene of the crime, the driver is still at large.
When the police catch up with driver, hopefully soon, he or she could be charged with vehicular homicide and failure to stop and render aid. If you have any info on this accident give the police a call at 817-884-1212 and help give the victim’s family some answers.
Hit-and-runs coupled with pedestrian deaths seem to be on the rise this summer in Dallas. While we all make mistakes behind the wheel, whatever the mistake there is no excuse for fleeing the scene. Every moment after an accident is key when there are injuries. Don’t leave the scene of an accident, or simply drive by after one has occurred before getting help. Your actions could make the difference between a miracle recovery or a roadside death.