On Highway 249 in Harris County, Texas, just south of the Sam Houston Tollway, two motorists in Mustangs allegedly began racing at 90-plus miles per hour. The drivers were Kevin Strong and Devante Franklin. A witness said that as the men were racing, a driver in a Ford Explorer pulled out of a private driveway and was T-boned by Franklin’s Mustang. The Explorer rolled over after impact, and Franklin’s vehicle traveled several hundred feet before coming to a rest. Strong allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into an Acura. The two occupants of that vehicle, both in their twenties, were seriously injured; but it’s not believed the injuries were life-threatening. They were transported to a hospital for medical attention. Strong was transported to a nearby hospital, as well. He was later pronounced dead. The driver in the Explorer was pronounced dead at the crash site. Franklin, who is in his mid-twenties, survived and was arrested on charges related to the fatal collision. High speed was a contributing factor, according to authorities.
The crash occurred on the afternoon of Christmas Day 2017 at about 12:30. A wide field of debris was strewn across all six lanes of traffic at the site of the crash. The twisted metal and shattered glass was still not as graphic a scene as the vehicles themselves, which were badly crushed in the violent multi-vehicle collision.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez went to the scene and made announcements and social media posts about the deadly crash. He said the speed limit on that stretch of highway is 45 MPH and yet it is well known as a place where motorists often engage in drag racing.