Killeen: Street-racing crash sends 2 adults, 5 children to hospitals

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Police are investigating a crash that happened at around 10 p.m. Friday on W S Young Drive that resulted from what evidently was a street race that sent two adults and five children to local hospitals.

Friends say Lampasas residents Adrian Garza, Ilia Fuentes and their five children were injured in the crash Friday night. (Staff photo/courtesy photo)

Police said two vehicles, a Dodge Charger and a Mercedes Benz, were headed north at a high rate of speed Friday night on W S Young when the driver of the southbound Dodge Journey in which seven members of the Lampasas family were riding tried to turn left from W S Young onto Elms Road.

The Charger, which was in the outside lane, struck the Journey on the passenger side.

The Journey drifted to the northeast and struck a light pole while the Charger spun into the Mercedes before coming to a stop.

Ilia Fuentes, who was a passenger in the Journey, was flown to Scott & White Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver, Adrian Garza, and the five children were taken by hospitals by ambulance.

Firefighters had to cut through the mangled wreckage to free Garza and Fuentes.

The driver of the Charger and a passenger were taken to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights with what police described as minor injuries.

The two occupants of the Mercedes escaped injury.

Local nurse Jessica Scott, along with other bystanders, heard the accident and helped rescue the five children from the SUV.

"In the moment, I don't think you really realize what you're doing," she said.

"You're just kind of acting in the best way you know possible."

The family is well known and loved in Lampasas where Garza is a youth soccer coach and Fuentes, a dental assistant.

As the family recovers, the community is in the fight with them.

"How can we help?” asked family friend Jennifer Harris.

"Anything we can do for Adrian and Ilia is essential. We want to help them heal through this process."

Garza's soccer team plans on hosting a fundraiser.

Authorities are asking anyone with more information or who witnessed the accident investigating Officer Matt Smith at (254) 501-8800.