On Tuesday of this week, one person was killed and five were injured in an alleged street racing incident in Houston, Texas. Two cars were involved in a race at about 2 p.m. in the 9100 block of southbound Scott Street. The driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix lost control and struck a tree with such force that the car was split in half. The person who was killed was thrown from the Pontiac and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Five people were transported to area hospitals Memorial Hermann Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital.
According to the police investigation, the cars involved were both speeding; and witnesses said they believe the cars were racing.
Street racing is a hazard to onlookers, the community, and drivers, who are often inexperienced at handling a vehicle at high speeds. In addition, racing causes damage to streets as skid marks cover painted lines on the road and can lead to vandalism, littering, and loss of commercial revenue for nearby businesses.
In an accident in Washington D.C. in 2008, a fatal crash occurred which demonstrated dangers involved with street racing. A large group of spectators was assembled to watch an illegal street race on a country road that was infrequently traveled. A driver who happened on the scene failed to see the crowd of onlookers and plowed into them. Eight people lost their lives in that collision, and six more were injured.
It’s most typical for street racing to occur in remote areas or when streets are quiet and law enforcement is not believed to be nearby.
Spectators at illegal street races can be arrested and fined, along with the drivers.