An 11-year-old boy is fighting for his life following a major accident on July 22nd that is believed to be caused by street racing vehicles. This accident happened just over a day after Houston’s Raceway Park in Baytown announced that it would be closing at the end of next year, something which community members worry will increase street racing.
The Tragic Street Racing Accident
Houston authorities report that an 11-year-old was left critically injured following an accident that they suspect was caused by a driver involved in a street race. Officers say that they responded to a crash soon after 8 p.m. on Kirkwood near Corona Lane.
According to HPD, two Camaros were racing southbound on Kirkwood when one of them collided with a family van. The van was carrying a total of eight passengers: two adults and six children. All eight passengers were transported to a nearby hospital. As of Friday, July 23, the boy was reportedly still in critical condition, but the condition of the other family members has not been disclosed.
The driver of the Camaro that struck the van fled the scene following the incident. The Camaro which was not directly involved drove away after the crash.
Following the collision, authorities received reports that the crash was caused by street racing vehicles. After investigating the claims, HPD announced that they were on the hunt for the two Camaro drivers involved.
If you have any information regarding an ongoing traffic investigation in Houston, contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Another Reason for Houstonians to Worry About Street Racing
Unfortunately, this is far from the first time that we’ve reported on street racing accidents in Houston. In fact, it’s not even the first time this year. Street racing accidents have been on the rise in the city, as have the law enforcement efforts meant to stop them.
However, despite an increased police presence, street racing accidents continue to plague Houston.
Now, Houstonians have received news of yet another reason to worry about street racing in their city: after 35 years in operation, the beloved Houston Raceway Park in Baytown has announced that it will be ending operations at the end of 2022.
“Our family is extremely proud to have showcased the top level of professional drag racing for 35 wonderful years,” track operator Seth Angel told reporters.
Race fans say that this closure will mark the end of an era in Texas racing. Despite that, some worry that these races will simply be forced to find a new, less contained venue.
“It concerns me a lot for the guys that will not stop and think about what they’re doing before they get out there and endanger themselves and others, in particular,” driver Chris Perez told reporters.