A husband who had spent time praying to honor the holy season of Ramadan was killed along with his wife and baby girl in a crash with an alleged drunk driver early Wednesday on Interstate 30 in Arlington.
The accident happened around 2:20 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the interstate between East Chase Parkway and Fielder Road.
Department of Public Safety investigators believe 41-year-old Benjamon Stewart was driving his truck while intoxicated and rear-ended a family in a Toyota Camry.
The Camry stalled in the middle lane of the highway and was struck again by another pickup truck.
Najib Intidam, 40, in the Camry died at the scene. His wife Hanane and infant girl were taken to a local hospital where they also died.
DPS said Stewart tried to drive away, but his truck was too damaged.
He fled on foot, but troopers used a thermal camera to find him in a nearby wooded area.
He was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.
The victims' family members say Najib came from Morocco several years ago, but his wife and young daughter arrived in the United States in the last few months.
"They were great people," Manal Belkhoumani, the victims' cousin. "I just hope that people understand that drinking and driving isn't a good thing to be doing because it brings sorrow upon families that are lost."
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