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Child killed in drug-related crash in Dallas

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The man who caused a fatal crash in Dallas that killed a child admitted to smoking PHP before he got behind the wheel, police said.

Dallas police said Christopher Bynum, 37, was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on Ledbetter Drive on Sunday night. He hit the back of a car, causing it to spin out and crash into a guardrail near the Polk Street intersection.

There was a family of four inside the car, including two children. One child, an 18-month-old, was killed. The child's mother is being hospitalized and suffers from a severed spinal cord and multiple broken ribs. Doctors say she may not survive.

The father and a second child are in serious condition.

The force of the impact was so great that the back of the car was pushed all the way forward into the cab, according to a police report.

Police said Bynum told officers at the scene that he had been smoking PCP and marijuana. The drugs were found inside his car, the police report states.

Bynum's wife, Donnecia, and her two kids are in disbelief.

"My deepest regards go out to them," said Donnecia. "I have a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old myself. My heart is saddened behind it. But right now, I don't know what to say."

According to police records, witnesses on the scene say Bynum was in the median screaming "God help me" and pulling down his pants as if he were taking them off.

The documents also say once Bynum was taken to the hospital, he was aggressive with medical staff and said, "I got some weed and some PCP. I knew I shouldn't have hit that, why, God, why."

"He was supposed to be picking up my kids," said Donnecia.

Bynum now faces charges for intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Bynum does not have any prior DUI convictions, but does have a 1999 conviction for drug possession.

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