Authorities believe street racing may have been a factor in a fatal crash that killed two people Wednesday night.
Details of the Suspected Street Racing Crash
According to KENS 5, authorities responded to a single-car crash in Southeast San Antonio at around 10 pm. The vehicle had left the road and crashed into a creek.
The San Antonio Fire Department was able to pull the car out of the water. After getting the car out of the creek, a man and a woman were found inside. Both were declared dead at the scene.
Authorities are still investigating what caused the driver to lose control, but they do believe street racing may have been involved in the crash.
The identities of the man and woman killed in the crash were not released.
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 an “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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