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Kennedale resident Identify in early morning wreck in Forest Hill

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BY DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR.

Sub-freezing temperatures and precipitation left icy spots on North Texas roads and highways Tuesday morning, leading to the deaths of two motorists and causing dozens of traffic accidents.

Two others died Monday night: a Dallas firefighter died when he fell from an icy bridge in Dallas County and a Northwest High School student who was killed in a wreck near the school in Justin. {{more}}

Forecasters say motorists are not out of the woods yet as more freezing rain should arrive by noon and a wintry mix will fall in the afternoon just in time for the commute home. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. for North Texas.

?It could be snow or sleet in the afternoon,? said meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. ?Whatever falls could melt but it will re-freeze in the evening because temperatures will be below freezing.?

A total of four deaths in the area have been attributed to the latest freeze.

On Tuesday, a motorist was killed shortly before 5 a.m. when his vehicle hit another car, struck a guardrail and he was ejected on Southeast Loop 820 in Forest Hill. The driver was then hit by another vehicle, said Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis.

The Tarrant County medical examiner?s office identified the victim as Jeffrey Rozas, 31, of Kennedale.

Five other people were injured in the wreck. Two were taken to local hospitals and three were treated at the scene, a MedStar official said early Tuesday.

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