• August 15, 2023

Donald “Trey” Collins III Killed, Graciela Rodriguez, 3 Injured in Alleged Intoxicated Driving Accident in Dallas, TX

UPDATE (August 23, 2023): Authorities continue to release information to the public about the fatal accident which killed Donald Collins. It appears at least four others had injuries resulting from the secondary collision involving the allegedly intoxicated driver.

According to recent information, Graciela Rodriguez was possibly the driver of the vehicle initially hit by the tow truck that left the scene. Rodriguez was believed to have been outside of the stationary vehicles with Collins, possibly attempting to warn approaching motorists. While they were there, the allegedly intoxicated driver of the Chevy Tahoe hit both Collins and Rodriguez before then hitting Rodriguez's vehicle.

Collins was killed due to the collision while Rodriguez had apparently incapacitating injuries. It appears there was a 16-year-old in Rodriguez's vehicle who also seemed to have incapacitating injuries. The driver and passenger in the Tahoe had non-incapacitating injuries. Currently, charges against the allegedly intoxicated driver and the tow truck driver are pending as investigations continue.

UPDATE (August 22, 2023): Statements in the news claim that the tow truck driver allegedly involved in the events leading to the death of Trey Collins turned himself in to Dallas County Sheriff's officials. The driver is said to be facing charges for accident involving serious bodily injury and tampering with physical evidence. Investigations are ongoing.

UPDATE (August 17, 2023): Recent reports show that authorities located the tow truck they allege was involved in the initial incident that preceded the fatal incident which killed Donald Collins. It's unclear if that driver is being charges. Investigations continue.

Donald Collins Killed, Graciela Rodriguez, 3 Injured in Alleged Intoxicated Driving Accident in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX — August 12, 2023, Donald Collins was killed as the result of an alleged intoxicated driving accident at around 2:28 a.m. along Interstate 30.

Initial details about the fatal incident say that it happened in the area of I-30 and Second Avenue in the Downtown Dallas area.

Dallas County Sheriff's Department officials said they were called to the area following an initial accident that reportedly involved a tow truck and a minivan, following which the truck reportedly left the scene. After this, reports say that 25-year-old Good Samaritan Donald "Trey" Collins stopped to help the occupants of the van. While doing so, however, it appears a Chevy Tahoe crashed into the van, hitting Collins in the process.

Following the collision, Collins was pronounced deceased. One person from the van apparently had non-life-threatening injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt.

Authorities say that the Tahoe driver was arrested and faces pending charges for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. There has yet to be any update about the alleged runaway tow truck driver. Reports described the truck as red, and local news outlets have video showing the suspect vehicle. No further information can be confirmed at this time.


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