Fort Worth police investigating fatal I-35 wreck

A chain-reaction crash on I-35 in Fort Worth on Tuesday caused a man's SUV to fall 100 feet from an overpass.

46-year-old Stephen Dean's vehicle landed on its side in a muddy area. Witnesses rushed to help, but it was too late.                   

Fort Worth police say they know what happened but want to know why. Police are still investigating the cause of the chain-reaction crash. The black SUV went over the guardrail and resulted in Dean’s death.

Police say an 18 wheeler going northbound near Watauga Road hit a concrete divider and caused the cement barrier to go into the southbound lanes and into Dean’s path.

There is major construction on this section of I-35 in Fort Worth that stretches for miles. Normal traffic patterns have changed. Traffic has to maneuver through lanes with no shoulder in some places. There are curves and other twists and turns.

Police can't say yet if charges will be filed. Traffic investigators and commercial vehicle enforcement officers are examining everything about the 18-wheeler and its driver.

"Was speed a contributing factor? Driver in attention? On the cell phone or distractions figure in?” wondered Officer Jimmy Pollozani. “Was it faulty equipment?"

Police say Dean's car ended up on the passenger side. Everyone around rushed over and put the SUV back on four wheels and helped get Dean out of the wreckage.

“It was a collective effort between construction employees, normal citizens just driving by through the area and first responders,” said Pollozani.

Dean's wife was too upset to talk on camera but says a “genuinely good, kindhearted, loveable man was stolen too soon from his family, friends and anyone that may have had the pleasure of meeting him."

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