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Date: 5/6/2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.

One deceased and two injured in single-vehicle crash

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a single-vehicle crash this morning that left two young men injured and one man deceased. At about 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, officers responded to a call about a major crash in the 1900 block of Winter Pass Trail. They arrived and discovered a white Mustang that had left the roadway and crashed into a tree just north of the roadway. The vehicle had three people inside; all young men who are late teens through their early 20s. Officers and firefighters were able to quickly get the driver out of the vehicle. He was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with non-life threatening injuries.

Due to the heavy damage to the vehicle, which was wrapped around a tree in a wooded area just off the road, the two remaining passengers were trapped and firefighters had to extricate them from the vehicle. Once they got the person in the front passenger seat out, they discovered that he was deceased. The back passenger was rescued shortly afterward and transported to Medical Center of Arlington with non-life threatening injuries.

This afternoon, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner released the name of the deceased man after making a positive identification and ensuring next of kin had been notified. He is Michael Rowlls, 17 of Arlington. Mr. Rowlls is not a student in AISD or MISD, and his family advised investigators that he is not presently registered in school.

Traffic Unit Accident Investigators are still early in their review of this case, but it is believed that speed played a factor in this single-vehicle crash.  

Report# 140023393

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James Henry Samora

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5/22/2014 Driver arrested in crash that killed 17-year-old passenger
This morning, the Arlington Police Department arrested 17-year-old James Henry Samora in connection with the single-vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on May 6. Samora, who was the driver of the vehicle, has been charged with Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault with Serious Bodily Injury for the death of one passenger and critical injury of a second passenger in the vehicle. Samora remains in the Arlington City Jail with bail set at $20,000. Traffic Accident Investigators believe that the excessive speeding by the driver was the cause of this crash. Samora‚Äôs mugshot is included with this message.