No matter how dangerous it is, drag racing on city streets has been glorified on television, films and music for quite some time. Most times when someone is hurt, the realities of the injured are often not detailed. As we covered in a previous blog, one such type of race occurred in McAllen and led to an accident, which resulted in catastrophic injuries and death. This unfortunate situation just goes to show how dangerous this activity can be.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
On Monday, January 4th, 2016, two men were drag racing on 10th Street in McAllen when one of the racers, driving a Corvette, crashed into a Jeep Wrangler, severely injuring its driver and killing the passenger in the Corvette. The accident took place on the corner of Sprague and 10th Street where the Justice of the Peace pronounced the passenger of the Corvette dead at the scene.
The other racer, driving a Ford Mustang, told investigators he was racing at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour when they approached the intersection of the crash site. The deceased is a 20-year old and the driver of the Jeep is only 24. Both are from McAllen.
The Law Steps In
On February 1st, the driver of the Ford Mustang was charged with two counts of racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury. The driver of the Corvette was not charged until Thursday, March 24th. If convicted, both drivers face second-degree felonies resulting in 2-20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to the crash report, alcohol was not listed as a factor in the incident and was not found in anyone’s system at the time, but the driver of the Corvette became uncooperative with the investigation due to medical reasons, which included lacerations and broken bones. Investigators also claim attempts to speak to the Corvette driver were unsuccessful once he was released from the hospital.
At the time, the driver of the Jeep was still in a coma and only the driver of the Ford Mustang had been charged for racing on the highway and causing serious bodily harm. It wasn’t until recently that the second illegal street racer had been charged. Meanwhile, the driver of the Jeep has medical bills piling up as he continues his slow road to recovery.
Standing Up for You
The J Gonzalez Law Firm has a history of standing up for victims in auto accident cases such as this one. If you’ve been the victim of high-speed racing and are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to piling medical bills and recuperation costs, get in touch with our McAllen personal injury lawyer immediately. We will stand up for your rights and work hard to get you the justice and financial rewards you deserve.