One man is dead and at least two others have been hospitalized as a result of an illegal street-racing accident on San Antonio South Side.
About the San Antonio Street Racing Crash
According to KSAT, that fatal crash occurred Monday morning in the 2400 block of Commercial Avenue near Sharmain Place and Sunglo Drive.
Preliminary reports suggest an older-looking truck was racing a red sedan northbound on Commercial Avenue when the driver of the truck hit a patch of water and lost control, ultimately colliding with another pickup traveling the opposite direction. The passenger of the old truck died at the scene and the driver, identified as an 18-year-old male, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the second truck, a man in his 50s, was also transported to the hospital, though his condition was not immediately available.
Police are still investigating the crash but did reveal that the incident was caught on surveillance video. It is unclear if any charges are pending.
Street Racing National Average
On average, nine out of every 100,000 drivers have received citations for street racing.
Street racing is extremely dangerous and illegal. Breaking this law can get your license revoked for 10 or more years, your car impounded, and your employment stifled. It also puts you at risk of a dangerous accident.
Street Racing Statistics
The information below was compiled by StopStreetRacing.org:
- In 2001, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that police listed street racing as a factor in 135 fatal crashes. The total was up from 72 street-racing-related fatalities reported in 2000.
- According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, more than 800 citations for illegal street racing were issued in 2001.
- In San Diego, where the street racing problem has been termed “epidemic,” 16 deaths and 31 injuries were directly related to illegal street racing in 2001. The city’s attorney’s office prosecuted 147 illegal street racing cases in 1999, 161 in 2000, and 290 in 2001.
- In Florida, 7,216 citations were issued for racing on the highway in 2001.
- In 1999, the Florida Department of Highway and Safety for Motor Vehicles reported 28 accidents related to illegal street racing, with 2 fatalities and 27 injuries. In 2000, the agency reported 39 racing accidents, with 1 fatality and 55 injuries. In 2002, there were 48 racing accidents, 1 fatality, and 60 injuries.
- According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 20.
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says 5,749 teens died in the United States from motor vehicle crash injuries in 1999.
- Nationwide statistics show that 49 people are injured for every 1,000 who participate in illegal street racing.
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