Neighbors Concerned about Street Racing After Crash

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Neighbors in the area of 42nd and H street want drivers to slow down near their neighborhood after a weekend accident that is being attributed to street racing.

“If you want to see the Indianapolis 500, you don't have to go to the Indianapolis 500, just come down here on South 42nd street," Ron Povondra said.

Povondra says the speeding happens day and night. "They'll be coming up the street and rev their engines and they'll take off racing and stuff. It’s uncalled for, they just race. I guess they just ignore the speed limit until actually something fatally happens, " Povondra said.

21-year-old Kieralynn House was in the vehicle that crashed near 42nd and G. What she thought was a ride home after a date turned into a street race near 42nd and Interstate 80. She and Luis Martinez were passengers in a car driven by Danny Estrada when Estrada began racing another car. This was a sign to House the night had taken a turn for the worse. “I didn't want it to end bad but yeah I closed my eyes and we started speeding and then like I said when I opened them it was way too late," House said.

House said the speeds were between 60 and 80 miles per hour when Estrada hit a retaining wall. “Oh no (I was) screaming, just like a flash before your eyes. They're closed and you open them and there it was and there was nothing you could do about it but brace yourself and be prepared for what was to come, " House said.

House was banged up but the driver Estrada was seriously injured. "God was with us all and I really hope that Danny is okay. I didn't know him but I pray that he's okay and that he makes it," House said.

House says the race was spontaneous and unplanned. She says she fastened her seatbelt just before the crash.

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