Two men were killed in a fiery crash in Dallas early Friday morning. Two other passengers were injured.
According to Dallas police, 25-year-old Joshua Armstead was travelling at a high rate of speed in a gray Dodge Stratus along North Central Expressway near Lemmon Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle, slammed into a wrought iron fence, and then struck a wooden utility pole. Armstead and his passenger, 19-year-old Trey Pupenbroke, were trapped as the car burst into flames.
Dallas police tried to put out the fire with extinguishers. Two other passengers were pulled out and taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
Pupenbroke was a graduate of Creekview High School in Carrollton and Armstead was a former Newman-Smith High student.
Pupenbroke is the third person with ties to Creekview High to die in the last couple of months. Kiet Nguyen, a football player, suddenly died last month. Another student committed suicide.
A vigil for Pupenbroke took place Saturday evening at Bent Tree Bible Church in Carrollton.
Edrea Peel, Armstead’s sister, said “That wasn’t just my brother; Trey was my friend as well. All of them were friends. I went to elementary through high school with Trey; graduated with him. I’m not just saying it’s because of my brother; it hurt me for Trey, too.”
Armstead’s family held a memorial Saturday at their home. He leaves behind four children, three girls and a boy, ranging in age from 2 to 7.
Witnesses on the scene of the fatal accident questioned the response time of the firefighters. Dallas Fire-Rescue said Monday that the delay in response time was due to bad information, as they were pointed in the wrong direction by witnesses who called 911.