A Texas father's plea on behalf of his son's friend who was reportedly killed in a hit and run accident has led to the surrender of five people allegedly involved in the fatal car crash. Authorities believe that those five people were possibly racing at the time of the hit and run accident. The incident occurred on a stretch of U.S. Expressway 83, where the father's son and his son's friend were attempting to change a tire on the side of the road.
Reportedly, the two young men attempted to jump out of the way of the oncoming vehicle but one became pinned against the car and died at the scene. After pinning the victim, the driver of a truck and the driver of a convertible, both allegedly involved in the hit and run accident, fled the scene. According to authorities, anonymous tips in the wake of the father's plea for his son's friend allowed them to track down those they believe are responsible for the man's death, which led to the surrender.
Due to the drivers fleeing the scene, police also believe alcohol may have played a factor in the alleged race and subsequent hit and run accident. The parties believed to be involved include four adults and one juvenile. The police chief in McAllen, Texas, said he is grateful to both the media and the public for spreading the word and helping find those allegedly responsible for this fatal hit and run accident.
Accidents such as this one occur far too often and may lead to innocent people suffering severe personal injury and in many cases untimely death. Unfortunately for the friends and family of the Texas man killed in this hit and run accident, they must now face life without him. The tragedy only underscores the fact that drinking and driving, as well as street racing, are not only dangerous, but deadly.
Source: ValleyCentral.com, "Five surrender for roles in McAllen fatal racing hit-and-run," Katie Lopez, June 29, 2012