Heroic Texas Woman Killed While Trying to Help Suspected Drunken Driver

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
December 1, 2017US News
Heroic Texas Woman Killed While Trying to Help Suspected Drunken Driver
File photo. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

A woman from Mesquite, Texas, was killed Thursday night, Nov. 30, after she tried to help a man who had crashed his car.

Police said the man was arrested later for drunken driving, according to NBC DFW. After the incident, Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies identified the driver as Develtrick Adair, 25.

Adair was traveling onto the eastbound ramp of U.S. 175 at South Great Trinity Forest Way when he lost control of his vehicle and spun out into the middle lane of the highway.

He then crashed into a guardrail at about 11:45 p.m., FOX4 reported.

Theresa Ware, 56, stopped at the scene to assess the man’s condition and ended up pulling him out of his car. According to FOX4, the woman then asked another driver to watch him as she called for help.

Witnesses told NBC that the man appeared dazed after he crashed.

As Ware was phoning for help she was struck by a pickup truck.

She was transported to Baylor Medical Center in critical condition and later pronounced dead, according to NBC.

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Develtrick Adair. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)

According to police, the driver who hit Ware stopped at the scene after the crash and is not expected to face any charges.

But Adair did try to run away from the scene on foot—after Ware got hit by the truck. Officers soon caught up and arrested him, FOX4 reports.

“If I can say anything to her family… I wish you could have seen her heroic efforts to try to help this guy, stop him and stop traffic to make sure he was safe and no one else got hurt,” Laride Conerly, a witness told FOX4.

The witness told FOX4 that he wants Ware’s family to know, “You had a great hero in your family.”

The driver of the truck that struck Ware pulled over at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The identity of the truck driver had not been released as of writing on Friday, Dec. 1.

Adair is expected to face DWI charges. He has a criminal record and prior drug convictions.

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