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Fatal Texas accident blamed on illegal street race

A Texas Department of Public Safety representative said that an illegal speed race was likely the cause of a Dec. 14 accident in Williamson County that claimed the life of a 68-year-old woman and left her husband critically injured. The 22-year-old Hutto man allegedly responsible suffered what were described as minor injuries in the crash. While no charges were filed against the man immediately following the collision, police were quick to say that their investigation was ongoing and prosecutors could be called in at a later date.

According to a DPS report, the car accident took place on Farm to Market 1325 near Northridge Road outside Round Rock at approximately 7 p.m. Police say that the woman's Mercury sedan was struck by a Lexus sedan traveling at an extremely high speed. The force of the impact was severe enough to split the Mercury in two and propel the resulting wreckage into a nearby parked car.

Responding paramedics pronounced the Round Rock woman dead shortly after arriving at the scene. Her 68-year-old husband was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. Police reports did not describe the vehicle that the Lexus was allegedly racing at the time of the crash. The accident marked the second time in recent months that a fatal accident in the Round Rock area has been blamed on illegal street racing. A father and daughter were killed in October after being struck by an out-of-control vehicle while out walking.

Those who engage in reckless behavior like street racing are sometimes killed or sentenced to long prison terms when they cause accidents that result in catastrophic injuries or deaths. In these situations, personal injury attorneys may pursue civil remedies on behalf of those injured or the family members of those killed by filing lawsuits against the estates or insurance companies of the negligent individuals responsible.

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