• June 13, 2022

Dora and Carlos Serna Dead in Alleged Street-Racing Crash on Homestead Rd in Houston, TX

UPDATE (June 29, 2022): Sources have identified the victims of this accident as Dora Serna, 32, and Carlos Serna, 34.

Houston, TX — June 12, 2022, two people died in a crash following an alleged street race on Homestead Road in Northeast Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:00 p.m. on the 11000 block of Homestead near Leedale Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a black pickup truck may have been racing another vehicle along the roadway when the pickup driver lost control. The truck left the road and crashed into a wooded area, then caught fire.

A man and a woman in the truck, neither reportedly wearing seat belts, died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Dora and Carlos Serna Accident in Houston

It's shameful when something like this happens. I think on most levels people are aware of the dangers of street racing, yet sometimes people get too tempted and put the pedal to the metal. Why, though? Was it just an impromptu race decided by a glance at a red light? Was it planned beforehand? Or was it, like so many other accidents in Houston, a byproduct of intoxication?

Dora and Carlos Serna Dead in Alleged Street-Racing Crash on Homestead Rd in Houston, TX

I don't mean to point fingers or suggest I know more than reports say. Over the years one just gets familiar with some statistics, including the common link between drunk driving and street racing. Many times it's eventually learned that a local bar over-served someone who then decided in their altered state of mind to drag-race down a busy local street. When that choice ends with injury or death, the bar may be liable for the damage done under Texas dram shop law.

However, maybe alcohol's not involved here. The victims' tragic passing after the accident means they can't simply be asked, but if investigators suspect something like that I hope they'll take the necessary steps to find out for sure. At the very least the people who lost loved ones deserve the whole truth. If there are other steps to take, knowing so will depend on what that truth turns out to be.

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