There were no brake lights, no screeching tires and no slowing down. Instead, a camera on the Dallas North Tollway captured a violent, full-speed collision that sent two people to the hospital.
Jose Sepulveda of Oak Cliff is still recovering from his injuries after Friday’s accident. His mother watched the crash video and cannot believe that her son is still alive. “I still thank God, because it’s a miracle that he’s still with us,” said Rosa Sepulveda. “I think it’s because he’s a good man.”
Jose was sitting in his car on the ramp to merge on to Interstate-35. That’s when a DART Paratransit van, heading south on the Tollway, suddenly slammed into his car. The impact launched Jose’s vehicle into the car in front of him.
The father of two children has since undergone surgery and is still at Parkland Hospital. He did, however, share his near-death experience with his family. “All he remembers is looking at the mirror and he saw the DART bus coming and it never slowed down,” said Jose’s nephew, Christian Sepulveda. “He thought it was going to switch lanes, but it didn’t. So he just closed his eyes and that’s the last thing he remembers,” the young nephew added.
Jose suffered broken ribs, a broken arm, and a shattered hip and pelvic bone. His mother said that she is upset with the driver of the DART van, because she is convinced that he was not paying attention. “He never stopped. He never looked to the front. He never saw all the cars stopped,” explained Rosa. “I can’t believe how lucky he was.”
DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said that an investigation by DART Police indicates that the driver simply failed to slow down and stop. The driver remains on paid administrative leave pending a second investigation.
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