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ARLINGTON, Texas — A driver faces three counts of intoxication manslaughter in connection with a fiery crash on Thursday night that left three people dead in Arlington.

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At approximately 10:53 p.m., on Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Arlington Police Department responded to the crash in the 400 block of eastbound Interstate Highway 20.

According to preliminary crash investigation by the Arlington Police Department, a passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound when it stopped on the shoulder due to an unknown mechanical issue. A second passenger vehicle stopped behind the disabled vehicle and two pedestrians exited the vehicle to assist the stranded motorist.

"The suspect vehicle was traveling eastbound on I.H. 20 in the right lane and drifted off the roadway onto the shoulder and collided with one of the vehicles stopped on the shoulder," stated the Arlington Police Department. "The impact caused the second vehicle which was stopped on the shoulder to strike the first vehicle stopped on the shoulder."

All three vehicles engulfed in flames.

An individual inside one of the vehicles was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both pedestrians were struck by vehicles — one of which was pronounced deceased on scene and the other transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased.

Two of the victims were identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as 55-year-old Patrick Alphonso Beck and 23-year-old Leah Marie Beck, both of Grand Prairie, Texas.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was arrested and identified by police as 29-year-old Jose Castro of Farmers Branch, Texas. Castro was charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter after receiving minor treatment at a hospital. Bond information was not available at the time of press.

The Arlington Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Traffic Investigator Brent Mayorga at (817) 575-8608 or brent.mayorga@arlingtontx.gov.

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