DALLAS, TX (10/10/2015) — Police say street racing may be to blame for an accident which claimed the lives of two teenagers on Saturday night.
According to Dallas police, 18-year-old Luis Reyes and 16-year-old Andres Mendez were both killed in a Saturday night car accident that may have involved street racing.
This wreck occurred at the intersection of Regal Row and Irving Boulevard in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas police stated that at around 11:00 p.m., Reyes was allegedly racing another vehicle in a black, 2003 Toyota Celica, when he lost control of the car and struck a concrete pillar as he approached the Irving Boulevard overpass.
Andres Mendez, Reyes’ passenger, died the at the scene. Reyes was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where he later died.
The two teens attended Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the students who passed away,” Irving ISD spokeswoman Lesley Weaver said.
Authorities are currently investigating this fatal crash.
More than 30 percent of teenage deaths are motor-vehicle-accident-related, and tragically, this scenario appears to have been completely avoidable.
If you’re the parent of a young driver, please take this time to talk to your teens about safe driving, as well as what to do if they’re riding with an unsafe driver. While your teen may not completely appreciate the lesson, studies show that parents play a very important role teen driver safety.