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Friday, December 21, 2007

Bizarre Tollway Accident Kills Passenger William Bond, Jr.



From WFAA-TV Staff Reports

A Chevy Avalanche overturned on the Dallas North Tollway shortly before rush hour traffic.

A chunk of concrete debris flew through a car windshield and fatally struck the passenger.
Craig Civale reports..

DALLAS - Just before rush hour traffic hit the roads Thursday, two cars involved in a bizarre, fatal accident led to the closure of lanes heading both southbound and northbound on the Dallas North Tollway.

Heading northbound, Irving activist Anthony Bond was driving his brother home from a day of cancer treatment Thursday afternoon when a pickup on the other side of the Dallas North Tollway slammed into the median, he said.

The collision sent a large chunk of concrete through the passenger side of the windshield of Bond’s PT Cruiser shortly before 4 p.m. The concrete struck Plano resident William Mathew Bond, 57, in the face, killing him instantly, authorities said.

“There was nothing [Mr. Bond’s] vehicle could have done to prevent this,” said Sgt. Robert Bernard Jr. of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Forty-two-year-old Christopher Spicer, the driver of the southbound truck, said he lost control of his car when he attempted to change lanes and suddenly noticed a car in his blind spot. Spicer said he swerved back in an attempt to avoid an accident, but struck the median, which led to his car overturning near the Walnut Hill exit.

However, Sgt. Bernard Jr. said Spicer had been following a vehicle in the left lane "extremely close" before he lost control while trying to switch to the center lane.

The accident left Spicer with only a few minor cuts and bruises.

Hours after the accident, a shaken Anthony Bond returned to the scene as the Dallas medical examiner prepared to remove his brother’s body from the car.

“My brother was already suffering from bone marrow cancer,” said Bond, a former president of the NAACP’s Irving chapter. “All of a sudden, I saw a truck getting ready to come over the median. I saw my windshield break and look over and saw my brother bleeding," he said, before breaking down in tears.

William Bond, of Plano, is survived by his wife and 17-year-old son.

State troopers are investigating the accident, and said criminal charges may be issued against Spicer in the future.

WFAA's Craig Civale,'s Marjorie Owens and The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report