KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
February 10, 2019
Jennifer Lynn Greenway
Speeds reached up to 100 mph on Friday night when police attempted to intervene in street racing taking place on Merchants Way in north Katy.
Texas State Troopers learned about street racing on Merchants Way between Mason and Grand Parkway from social media. When they attempted to break up the group, one of the male drivers sped away. A chase ensued for almost 4 miles and ended at the intersection of Grand Parkway and Highland Knolls on the feeder road.
The chase came to an end when the street racer hit a car driven by Katy mom, Rebecca Kirby, with her 7-year-old son, Logan, inside. After hitting Kirby, the speed racer's car flipped several times before landing upside down on the side of the road.
The impact sheered off the front part of Kirby's car. Thankfully, Kirby and her son, walked away from the scene with very minor injuries.
The speeding driver of the car was taken to a hospital and will be taken into custody once he is released.
Street racing incidents have increased significantly over the years. The Houston area is well known for long stretches of road attracting many street racers from outside of Houston. In Texas, street racing is a Class B misdemeanor with a punishment of up to $2,000 and/or 180 days in jail.
Although the drivers name and charges have not been released in this case, based on the facts, the driver can be charged with Street Racing, Fleeing Police and Assault with a Motor Vehicle.