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Witness provides details about deadly Midland car crash

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
November 27, 2009 2:28 pm

A witness to Wednesday night’s deadly crash in Midland provided a little bit more detail today about what happened.

“It was such a mess,” Casey Hicks told The News Tribune. “And it was so fast.”

Hicks was on his way home from a meeting about 9 p.m. He was going north on Portland Avenue East when a green SUV sped through the intersection of Portland Avenue and 97th Street East.

The SUV had been going westbound on 97th Street and was supposed to stop for the blinking red light. The vehicle did not, Hicks said.

“He just flat blew right through there,” he said. Hicks estimated the SUV was going 50 to 60 mph.

The SUV was hit by a Jeep Wrangler. The SUV then went airborne and landed on a white car that was stopped on the other side of the intersection, Hicks said.

Two people climbed out of the SUV and ran. Citizens tracked one man down and brought him back to the scene, where deputies took him into custody, Hicks said.

Others provided help to those still inside the SUV and the two passengers in the white car.  Hicks said the father and daughter in the car were OK, though she was shaken up.

Heracleo Rodriguez was a passenger in the SUV. The 19-year-old was killed in the crash.

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