Four People Injured in Suspected Street Racing Crash in Corpus Christi
Four people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred near Ocean Drive Tuesday night. Corpus Christi police suspect street racing is to blame.
Details of the Corpus Christi Street Racing Crash
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the crash occurred around 8:53 pm at the intersection of Doddridge Street and Ocean Drive.
Police say two vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed when one of the vehicles entered the intersection and caused the crash. Police believe the two speeding vehicles were racing.
Four people were hospitalized with injuries; fortunately, the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The crash remains under investigation.
Texas Street Racing Laws
Street racing has a broad definition under Texas Transportation Code 545.420, and covers instances in which one or more vehicles attempt to:
- Outgain or outdistance another vehicle or prevent another vehicle from passing
- Arrive at a given destination ahead of another vehicle or vehicles
- Test the physical stamina or endurance of an operator over a long-distance driving route
First-time offenders in instances that do not result in accident or death could face a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and $2,000 in fines. Street racers who have been previously convicted could face a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines.
Repeat offenders with two or more convictions face a State Jail Felony punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
In a situation where the injury occurs, regardless of if the racer is a first-time offender, drivers may face a Third-Degree Felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison. Serious injury or death can result in a Second-Degree Felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison.
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