A white bumper with a license plate attached found on the ground at the scene of a fatal wreck led to Wednesday’s arrest of one of the drivers involved.
The accident caused the death of a passenger in the other car involved and injury to the driver of that same car.
Burleson police on Wednesday arrested Eric Padilla, 29, of Burleson, on a charge of accident involving death. Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom set Padilla’s bond at $250,000.
Burleson police responded to a major accident call Monday night in the 700 block of N.W. John Jones Drive where they found an Acura split in half against a concrete fence. Several people at scene were attempting to render aid to the driver and passenger when police arrived.
Police determined that the Acura split in half upon striking a tree before coming to rest. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was lying on the ground outside the vehicle being helped by bystanders. The passenger, Jayden “Tre’ Allison, 16, was trapped in the vehicle with major injuries. Burleson firefighters and Medstar ambulance personnel extracted Allison from the car, at which time they noted that his injuries were worse than initially noted, according to Padilla’s arrest warrant.
Medstar staff declared Allison dead at 9:43 p.m.
Rescue workers transported the driver to a Fort Worth hospital where he was treated and released.
Burleson police, while investigating the scene, found a white bumper left behind with a license plate attached. The license plate returned to a Subaru Impreza, a vehicle police later located at which time they determined the driver to be Padilla.
Padilla was traveling northwest on N.W. John Jones Drive when he made a left turn into the Wakefield housing edition, according the his arrest warrant. The Acura Allison was a passenger in was traveling southeast on N.W. John Jones Drive, reportedly at a high rate of speed, when it made contact with Padilla’s Subaru at the intersection of Tarpon Street and N.W. John Jones Drive, according to Padilla’s arrest warrant.
The Subaru’s front right bumper struck the front left side of the Acura whereupon the Acura left the road, struck a tree, split and came to rest against a concrete fence.
Two witnesses told police that the Subaru then fled the scene without stopping.
A short time later, police located the Subaru driving toward the crash site from within the Wakefield housing edition. In addition to Padilla, his wife and mother-in-law were also in the car.
Padilla, according to his arrest warrant, told police that they, meaning his wife and mother-in-law, ran into the house saying there was a crash. Padilla later admitted to being the driver and having his 7-year-old son in the car with him at the time. Padilla told police he did not stop because he got scared because he does not have a valid driver’s license.
Padilla’s mother-in-law told police that she and her daughter were in the house when Padilla ran in and told them that he was in an accident and they needed to go back. Padilla, according to reports, asked his mother-in-law to drive because his wife cannot drive a standard.
The mother-in-law told police that Padilla asked her to tell officers she was driving and also told her that police were already on scene and that the front bumper of his car had been left behind, according to the arrest warrant.
Police responded to the crash at 9:23 p.m. They stopped Padilla’s car at 9:32 p.m.
A Burleson High School junior, Allison played basketball and football.
BHS Principal Wayne Leek described Allison as a “true leader.”
Burleson Assistant Coach Caden Crawford said Allison’s personality stood out.
“As cliche as it sounds, you always knew when he was in the room,” Crawford said. “He was an awesome, awesome kid — respectful, hard working, extremely intelligent. He was always focused and overly competitive in everything that he did.”
About 1,000 fellow students and members of the community attended a Wednesday night candlelight vigil for Allison at BHS.