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Suspect leaves scene of deadly hit-and-run crash

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The suspect's car. A prescription pill bottle recovered from inside sits on the top of the car. The suspect's car. A prescription pill bottle recovered from inside sits on the top of the car.
PLANO, Texas -

A chain-reaction crash on the President George Bush Turnpike turned deadly early Tuesday morning, and the driver suspected of causing the accident briefly ran away from the scene before troopers tracked him down.

The accident happened about 2:20 a.m. on eastbound PGBT (Highway 190) between Alma and Custer Roads. The turnpike was closed until about 6 a.m. during the investigation.

The Department of Public Safety said 22-year-old Matthew Arbanas was driving a black Mercedes sedan headed east on the toll road when he rear-ended a silver car, striking it so hard it rear-ended a third car.

Arbanas ran away from the scene and was tracked down about a mile away on Renner Road, suffering from head injuries.

He and the silver car's driver, 56-year-old Billy Barnes, were taken to the hospital. Barnes later died at Medical Center Plano, and Arbanas is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the third car was not seriously hurt.

Troopers recovered a number of prescription medications from the scene. Arbanas' father said he stole the pills from him and took his car without his permission.

Arbanas now faces charges for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, failure to stop and render aid and involuntary manslaughter.

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