Teen killed in alleged street racing crash in west Houston

Responders look on at the damage after an accident that left a teen dead in west Houston

January 26, 2013 5:09:50 AM PST
A 17-year old was killed on the streets of west Houston overnight, and police said the teen may have been racing to his death.

It happened on Briar Forest near Eldridge Parkway.

According to police, two 17-year-olds began street racing around 10pm.

One teen was inside of a silver Mercedes-Benz and the other was driving a black Chevrolet Camaro.

During the race, the teen in the Camaro lost control and careened off the roadway. Police said he jumped the curb, split a small tree in half and then wrapped the car around a larger tree. He died on impact, officials said.

The streets were wet at the time of the crash due to a sprinkler system, according to investigators.

The driver of the Mercedes stopped after the crash. He wasn't hurt, but officials said he has been charged with second-degree felony racing.

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