HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Authorities say a driver is believed to have been racing when he crashed with a tanker truck in west Harris County.
The sheriff’s office says the 20-year-old driver of a Chevrolet Camaro died from his injuries, and the driver of the Ford Mustang he is believed to have been racing has been charged.
According to the sheriff’s office, Oluwatise Gbadebo, 20, is charged with racing involving death.
The crash occurred in the 22300 block of Clay Road near Grand Parkway around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office says the Camaro and the Mustang were racing and traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Clay Road. The Camaro was reportedly in the right lane and the Mustang in the left lane.
Investigators say the tanker truck was making a left turn into a gas station parking lot when the driver of the Camaro drove underneath the trailer portion.
Authorities say the driver of the Mustang was able to avoid the collision and returned to the scene.
According to the sheriff’s office, the driver of the Mustang admitted to investigators on the scene that he was racing the driver of the Camaro, who was a close friend of his. He was arrested and charged.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division responded to the scene, as well as the HCSO Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. The crash is under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff's Office Vehicular Crimes Division.