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July 21, 2013

Police seek answers in double-fatality wreck

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Weatherford police are awaiting information from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner that could help investigators piece together what happened leading up to the head-on collision on Fort Worth Highway Thursday afternoon that claimed the lives of both drivers involved.

Criminal Investigation Division Sgt. John Rudolph said investigators have not come to any determination on why the driver of a white car crossed into oncoming traffic lanes prior to the collision but suspect the reason may be medical-related.

Police are currently awaiting information from the medical examiner on the results of toxicology testing and other details, according to Rudolph.

The driver did have some medical history but nothing very extensive, such as a history of seizures, that would have precluded her from driving, he said.

Carolyn Flottman, 66, the driver of the eastbound car, and Olivo Barrientos-Barrientos, 39, the driver of the westbound pickup, were killed in the wrong-way collision east of Otto Drive.

One witness told the Democrat she saw Flottman’s vehicle cross into westbound traffic near the intersection of Azle Highway and continue driving in the inside lane.

The woman said she moved over and the car passed her but she saw the collision in her rear view mirror.

A man traveling westbound behind Barrientos-Barrientos’ orange pickup said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed in the inside lane when it suddenly veered into the pickup.

An eastbound driver said the impact looked like an explosion, with pieces of the vehicles traveling about 25 feet in the air and the vehicles spinning around before coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.  The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled both deaths accidental.

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