A teenager has sadly lost his life in a motor vehicle collision. His surviving family members are now left to grieve and question how his life could have been snatched away so soon. According to police, the car crash took place as a result of a street race.
How the accident occurred
The tragic car crash took place at about 7:45 p.m. on a Tuesday. Police said a 19-year-old man was racing his comrades, who were inside another car. All of a sudden, the man reportedly lost control of the car and ended up colliding with a tree.
The man was pronounced deceased at the crash scene but was the sole occupant of the automobile. Meanwhile, the driver of the other car involved in the reported street race suffered no injuries and remained at the crash scene. Police said the 19-year-old surviving driver cooperated with them, and they expect to file criminal charges against him in connection with the crash. Street racing, which is deemed a felony in the second degree in Texas when a death or serious injury is involved, carries a sentence of as many as 20 years behind prison bars as well as a fine of $10,000.
How an attorney can help
The family members of the teenager who passed away in the car crash could possibly have the option of filing a wrongful death claim against the driver of the other vehicle, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. If the surviving driver is charged and then convicted on his charges in connection with the accident, then the family members may present proof of the conviction in a related Texas civil court proceeding in an effort to establish liability for the accident. A successfully fought wrongful death claim could result in financial damages to cover burial expenses and other losses related to the unfortunate accident.