Two people were left dead and another two injured after an accident on Highway 249 near Houston, Texas on Christmas Day, which occurred while a pair of Ford Mustang drivers raced each other on the public road, according to local ABC affiliate KTRK. The Mustang drivers are believed to have reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour, in an area just south of the Sam Houston Tollway with a 45-mph posted speed limit.
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales, the stretch of road where the crash occurred is popular for street racing.
The two Ford Mustang pony cars were reportedly racing on the stretch of road when an SUV pulled out, causing one of the Mustangs to t-bone the vehicle before also colliding with another bystander’s car. The driver of that Mustang – a middle-aged man – was killed in the collision, as was the driver of the SUV. The driver and passenger of the other car were injured in the accident, but both are expected to recover.
The other Mustang driver involved in the street racing incident – a man in his mid-twenties – was left unscathed. He could now face several charges in relation to his involvement in the incident, KTRK reports.
This accident near Houston serves as a grim and tragic reminder that street racing is never, ever a good idea, and that this incident took place on Christmas Day only makes it all the more devastating. Remember: if ever you feel the need to go street racing, just don’t. No one should ever have to die or be seriously injured simply because you’re craving a bit of adrenaline.