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The Ellis County Press

Duncanville – Gladys Isela Barrientos, 21, a University of Texas in Arlington student, was killed on her way home on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 4.

Her death was reportedly the result of 22-year-old Tyrone Lee Sims running from Duncanville Police.

According to police, the deadly series of events began around 11:40 p.m. when an officer noticed a burned out headlight on a 99’ Chevy Tahoe driven by Sims.

The officer stopped to pull the driver over on Main Street near the U.S. 67 bridge when the Tahoe sped away, resulting in a pursuit by the officer.

The department wasn’t alerted for a chase since the suspect was unidentified at the time and not known to have any violent background.

After a brief few minutes, the responding officer noticed a cloud of smoke and headlights swerving down the road.

The Tahoe had crashed into a white picket fence and Barrientos’ 93’ Honda Civic was smashed into a guard pole with her pinned to the passenger’s side door and the seat.

Local emergency personnel had to cut Barrientos out of her car and then brought to Methodist Charlton Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

According to police, there was a beer can outside the Tahoe and a bottle of vodka inside.

Reports stated he admitted to drinking.

Sims, admitted not having a license, was arrested and is being held on a $250,000 bail.

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