Less than a week before Christmas a car passenger died in Round Rock, Texas because a driver was racing. The collision occurred before 7 p.m. along Farm to Market 1325 near the intersection at Northridge Road. A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson said a 22-year-old driver from Hutto, later identified as Hernan Martinez, was speeding in a Lexus before colliding into the Mercury Grand Marquis in which the woman was traveling.
According to reports, the impact from the collision was so great, it split the Marquis in half. The station reported that the force of the crash caused the vehicle to slam into a Ford Mustang parked nearby.
Officials reported that one of the victims was a 68-year-old lady who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The driver causing the crash, was treated for minor injuries, and it’s unknown what, if any, charges will be filed.
This is the second time in as many months in the Round Rock area that people have died as a result of street racing. In October, a father and daughter were struck and killed after a racing car struck another vehicle that spun out of control and struck them both.
Street racing has become a dangerous epidemic that is putting the lives of citizens at risk. People that engage in dangerous activities and harm others need to be held accountable.