Street Racing Leads To Hit-And-Run Crash, Killing Three
A street racing incident involving a hit-and-run crash in Fort Worth has claimed the lives of three people over the weekend.
NBCDFW reports that among the three people killed in the crash were a married couple with four children.
Buddy Calzada, a spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department, told reporters that the fatal crash happened on Friday, November 6th, in the 4700 block of West Ridinger Road just a little after midnight.
Calzada said that Ben and Meg Arbour were out for a drive when they pulled out onto West Risinger Road from Burr Oak Lane when their vehicle was struck by one of two cars that were street racing on West Risinger Road. The force of the impact sent the vehicle that crashed into the Arbour’s car into a stone retaining wall, causing the racing vehicle to roll over.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene and declared the Arbours and the unidentified male driver of the racing vehicle dead at the scene of the crash.
Police say that three people occupied the second vehicle involved in the illegal street race. The driver fled the scene of the crash and did not attempt to render aid to the victims. The driver of the second car was still at large at the time of the report.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has not officially released the identities of the three victims; however, members of the Arbour family told reporters that the couple was returning from a date when the tragic accident occurred.
Area residents say that the problem of street racing has been on a steady increase over several years. Long-time resident Brenda Steffy told NBC, “I have said many times, ‘People, please be careful going off on those side streets,’ because I swear these people are going 80 to 90 miles an hour. Maybe 100.”
City Councilman for District 6, Jungus Jordan, reminds the public that in order to enforce the laws regarding street racing, police have to witness it.
“It’s very difficult having a police car in the right spot 24/7 and a police officer 24/7,” Jordan said.
The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Fort Worth Police Department at (817) 392-4222.