A street racing crash in Northwest Harris County last month left two onlookers seriously hurt with broken bones and other horrific injuries. Ronald Gray Pace III, son of famous Houston racer Barefoot Ronnie Pace, faces two charges of racing causing serious bodily injury after the terrible crash, which also involved a second driver who was expected to face charges.
The two drivers were allegedly illegally racing on March 17 during the TX2K racing event, which is a legally organized event in Baytown. A crowd had come to watch racers at TX2K when Pace lost control of his vehicle and crashed into them, prosecutors allege.
The crash left two pedestrians with catastrophic injuries. “These injuries are horrific. In fact, I am shocked that these two young men were able to survive,” Prosecutor Sean Teare told local news outlet KHOU 11.
Teare went on to stress the deadly reality of racing: “I’m here to tell you, street racing is a terrible scourge on this community and this entire country. Deaths occur every time people decide to do this and we’re going to stop it in Harris County.”
Street Race Accident Statistics
Street racing has always attracted young, thrill-seeking drivers who don’t take into account the dangers racing poses to everyone on the road. Made more popular by movies such as “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, drag racing continues to pose a threat to motorists across the United States.
Street race accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2017:
- There were 72 race-related crashes in the United States, involving 81 vehicles and 124 people.
- Texas led the nation in race-related accidents in 2017, with the state accounting for 32 percent of racing crashes nationwide.
- The Houston area saw four race-related crashes that year. In comparison, the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona and New Mexico saw a combined total of four crashes in 2017.
- The most common types of racing crashes involved two cars going in opposite directions, vehicles driving off the road, or loss of control/traction.
- The majority of race-related crashes occurred in areas where the speed limit ranged from 30 to 45 miles per hour.
Our Attorneys Fight for Victims of Street Racing Accidents in Houston
There is no excuse for illegal street racing, and those drivers who participate in drag racing should be brought to justice. The dedicated auto accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian fight for the rights of crash victims who have been seriously injured by reckless racers. Our team is aggressive in our fight for maximum compensation, including payment for:
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Please call us or contact us online today to learn about your legal rights if you have been hurt in a street racing accident in Houston or the surrounding areas. Our knowledgeable lawyers can answer your questions in a free consultation, and you only pay us if we win money for you.