Two people were killed and two more were hurt in the horrific three-car collision this Christmas afternoon in northwest Harris County.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez blames two drivers who he said were racing each other at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour on the six-lane highway, just south of the Sam Houston Tollway.
The drivers were both behind the wheels of Ford Mustangs. One of them, a man in his mid-forties, crashed into an SUV and another car. He was killed in the violent collision along with the driver of the SUV, a middle-aged man.
The two people in the other car, both in their twenties, were injured but will survive.
The driver of the other Mustang, a man in his mid-twenties, was unhurt and was detained for questioning.
The highway was littered with debris over a large area, forcing deputies to close the highway in both directions for most of the day. An investigator from the District Attorney's Office was on scene to consider charges against the surviving Mustang driver.
Sheriff Gonzalez said the stretch of highway is well known as a spot where racing is common.
Investigators have not released the identities of any of those involved.
Update: I’m out on the fatality accident. 1900 block of 249 (Tomball Parkway) will be shut down, between Hollister and Seton Lake as @HCSOTexas handles investigation. Will be shut down at least 4 hours. May have stemmed from car racing #HouNews. pic.twitter.com/nR6c6HstuK— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) December 25, 2017