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Texas teenagers enter guilty pleas re fatal car accident

For many teenagers, the temptation to test the limits of a motor vehicle may be hard to resist. Unfortunately, this could lead to someone else suffering a heartbreaking tragedy if a car accident should occur. Two Texas teenagers now face the consequences after a crash killed two people.

The deadly accident happened toward the end of 2015. According to a media report, two teen drivers were engaged in a street race. Four teenagers were riding in two vehicles. At some point during the race, a sports car driven by a female collided with a sedan.

The sedan was being driven by a 66-year-old woman who was traveling with a 60-year-old man. Both occupants of that car perished in the wreck. Texas officials determined that the sports car was initially traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph but that the driver slowed to approximately 97 mph at the time of the impact. 

The second car in the street race did not hit the sedan. Both teenagers recently appeared before a judge and pleaded guilty for racing on a public highway resulting in death. The girl also entered a plea of guilty to manslaughter concerning the car accident. It was not reported whether the surviving family members of the victims have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court, though the state of Texas typically allows such claims to be filed within two years of a fatal accident. A claim could be made against the drivers who pleaded guilty in criminal court, along with the respective owners of the racing vehicles.

Source: kwtx.com, "Central Texas teens plead guilty to crash that killed two", April 12, 2017

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