Drag race between Mustangs leads to injuries, property damage

A crash Monday night that resulted in injuries and thousands of dollars in property damage is being investigated by San Angelo Police.

San Angelo Police say that the crash happened after a street-racing incident near the Angelo State University campus Monday.

According to a release from the SAPD, at approximately 7:40 p.m., two vehicles were observed racing west at a high rate of speed in the 2700 block of West Avenue N, by San Angelo Police Officer D. Welch. Welch pursued the vehicles with lights and sirens but lost sight of one of the vehicles after it turned onto Colorado Avenue at a high rate of speed.

Welch continued pursuit of the second vehicle, a gray 2015 Ford Mustang, until the driver stopped at Sherwood Way and A & M Avenue.

The driver was taken into custody and identified as 19-year-old Hayden R. Archer. Based on statements made by Archer, Archer was charged with racing on a highway and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

According to the release, a short time later, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a report of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries at South Campus Street and Colorado Avenue. Officers and San Angelo Fire Department paramedics arrived and located the driver of a black 2005 Ford Mustang suffering from incapacitating injuries.

The driver, identified as 25-year-old Christopher Segura, was transported by ambulance to Shannon Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for multiple injuries, including several broken bones. It was later learned Segura was the driver of the second vehicle involved in the racing incident.

During the crash investigation, the release states, investigators learned that after Segura disengaged from the street race with Archer, he traveled eastbound on Colorado at a high rate of speed where he collided with a black 2008 Toyota 4Runner SUV located in the 2500 block of Colorado.

The force of the collision caused the 4Runner to flip on its side and collide with a maroon 2003 GMC Envoy SUV. The force of this secondary collision caused the Envoy to travel to the front yard of a residence approximately three houses away. Both SUVs were parked and unoccupied at the time of the crash. It was also learned that prior to the initial crash, Segura nearly collided with the driver of a vehicle after he disregarded a yield sign at Campus Boulevard and Colorado.

Police said Segura was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and the extent of his injuries are unknown.

Archer reportedly told officers he was traveling about 80 miles per hour during the race.

Police estimate property damage in excess of $20,000.

Charges against Segura are pending.

 

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