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Date: 4/19/2014
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Woman critically injured in fall from moving vehicle, died from injuries

Arlington police are investigating a traffic incident that caused the death of a 17-year-old woman early this morning. At about 2:45 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of S. Cooper Street where they discovered an injured woman in the roadway with three people attempting to care for her. Officers learned that a group of five people had been in an SUV traveling southbound on S. Cooper Street, when the 17-year-old woman began hanging out an open window of the vehicle. Based upon initial interviews, it is believed that one of her friends tried unsuccessfully to pull her back inside, but for an unknown reason she exited through the window while the car was still in motion. She was struck by the SUV after exiting the vehicle.  

When the driver initially stopped the SUV, the three remaining occupants went to check on the victim. However, the driver returned to the SUV and drove away, leaving the victim and the three people who were at the scene when officers arrived. The victim, who was later officially identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office as Lelys Leyva-Monreal, was driven by ambulance to the Medical Center of Arlington. She died a short time later from her injuries.

Accident investigators have talked to witnesses and located the driver. Although it is still early in the investigation, alcohol is being investigated as a possible factor in this incident.

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Lorena Taylor PICTURE
Driver arrested for failing to stop and render aid

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5/16/2014 Driver arrested for leaving scene after teenager falls from moving vehicle
This week, Arlington police officers arrested the driver of the vehicle from which a teenage girl fell last month. The driver, Lorena Taylor, 18 of Arlington, is facing a charge of Failing to Stop and Render Aid. Taylor was arrested on May 14 and was released the same day in lieu of a $750 bail. Her mugshot is attached to this news release.

Based on the information and evidence gathered in this investigation, there is nothing to indicate that foul play is suspected in the fall and it is believed that alcohol played a factor in the deadly incident.

After the crash, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission initiated an investigation into the source of alcohol purchases.