Fatality Crash - Report #2023-00330432
By Tim Ciesco
Posted on February 03, 2023, February 03, 2023

On Thursday, February 2, 2023, at approximately 11:32 p.m., the Arlington Police Department responded to the southbound lanes of State Highway 360 near Mayfield Road to investigate a two-vehicle wreck.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a 64-year-old man lying unresponsive in the roadway. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced deceased from his injuries.

Investigators learned the man was driving a 2019 Toyota 4Runner heading southbound along Hwy 360 -- then, for an unknown reason, came to a stop in the far right lane and exited his vehicle.

At around the same time, a 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage traveling southbound in the far right lane of Hwy 360 was coming over a hill. When the driver of the Mirage saw the 4Runner stopped in front of him, he attempted to brake and avoid the SUV. However, due to the slick road conditions, the Mirage slid, sideswiped the 4Runner, and struck the man.

The driver of the Mirage eventually came to a stop and immediately called 911. He remained on scene until first responders arrived. He is not facing any criminal charges in connection to this incident.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the deceased once next of kin have been notified.

The southbound lanes of Hwy 360 were temporarily shut down at Mayfield Road so that officers could investigate and crews could clear the wreck. During this time, a black Jeep driving without its headlights on went around the patrol vehicles blocking the roadway and continued southbound on Hwy 360. The Jeep then collided with the 4Runner. Multiple officers and a tow truck driver were in the roadway as the Jeep approached. Fortunately, they were able to get out of the way and were not injured.

The driver of the Jeep, 53-year-old Gabriel Bocanegra was arrested and booked into the Arlington City Jail on one count of DWI and one count of Reckless Driving.

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