HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Two middle school students are dead and another was arrested Wednesday morning after a road racing accident in southwest Houston.
This 14 year old boy who was in custody was charged with failing to stop and provide assistance and racing / causing death.
Sources say the 14-year-old is known to law enforcement and has a long criminal record.
Family members identified the two students killed as 15-year-old Javier Hunter and 15-year-old Savyion Farley.
The wreck occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on West Fuqua near Hiram Clarke.
Police say they saw two SUVs speeding east on West Fuqua. When an officer drove out to stop the vehicles, one SUV cut off the other and sent him onto a school zone sign and then onto a median.
The SUV blew up and crashed into a tree. The impact was so severe that it toppled the tree. Hunter and Farley, both in the SUV, were killed.
Authorities say Hunter was driving the crashed SUV. Both boys were in 8th grade.
Hunter’s aunt, Ivory Brown, said she owned the vehicle the boys were in.
“Parents, double check your kids when they ask for your keys. He is only 15 years old. I should have seen the warning signs, but I didn’t. I usually get him, but I didn’t get him this morning. The result of that cost his life, “said Brown.” Children, you have to be accountable. Don’t steal your parents’ car because you will end up just like my nephew. He left for stealing a car and driving illegally on the street. “
Brown told ABC13 that Hunter asked for her keys at midnight when she got home from work, but said she didn’t know he was driving away in the vehicle.
“I keep telling him, ‘You can’t drive my car because you’re underage and don’t have a driver’s license.’ I tell him that all the time, “said Brown.
Sources also said a fourth teen was on the scene. They believe the teen was there to record a video of the race for social media.
Brown said if that was the case and a teenage boy recorded the race, it’s his fault too.
“I think they should all go to jail to be honest. The ones who drove, the ones who record (record) videos because they’re all there, ”she said. “Because an innocent person could have gone out and been killed like tonight, they run, they run, Javier could have killed someone.”
According to the police, the young people should never have been behind the wheel because they were too young to drive.
They were also outside after the city’s curfew at 10 p.m. for anyone under the age of 17.
HISD said both teenagers who died attended Lawson Middle School. Grief counselors are available for the students.
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