San Antonio police are investigating a fatal head-on crash that left a man dead Wednesday night. Police suspect the at-fault driver was intoxicated and street racing when the crash occurred.
Details of the Fatal San Antonio Street Racing Crash
According to KTSA, a BMW driven by a 22-year-old man and a Mercedes driven by an 18-year-old man were racing eastbound on Prue Road at around 11:45 pm.
The Mercedes moved in front of the BMW as the lanes merged into a single lane in each direction at Kyle Seale Parkway. Then, the BMW crossed into oncoming traffic in an attempt to pass the Mercedes. That is when the BMW collided head-on with a Nissan.
Both the BMW and the Nissan lost control. The Nissan ended up in a ditch, and the BMW came to a stop after crashing into a fire hydrant. The driver of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene.
The BMW driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries where it was determined he had alcohol in his system. He will face charges for street racing, manslaughter, and intoxicated manslaughter.
The driver of the Mercedes returned to the scene of the accident and was arrested on charges of street racing and manslaughter.
Street Racing in Texas
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 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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