Two killed in illegal street racing crash

The scene of a deadly crash on Highway 249 in Houston. (CNN)

Two people are dead following a street racing crash on Christmas Day in Houston.

The devastating story comes a month after FOX10 News Investigates exposed illegal street racing in Mobile.

Officials said the drivers of two Mustangs were racing each other at high speeds on a six-lane highway in Houston in the middle of the day, when at some point, one of the Mustang drivers t-boned an SUV and then hit an Acura.

The driver of the Mustang died, along with the innocent, middle-aged man driving the SUV, who was caught in the middle of the illegal racing.

"That guy is paying for other people's mistakes and it's not fair for other people to pay for somebody's stupidity," said one witness on scene.

The driver of the other Mustang was taken into custody, and officials said he will face several charges.

Just last month, FOX10 News Investigates exposed I-165 as a prevalent illegal street racing location on weekend nights.

On three different nights, our investigative team captured video of mustangs, corvettes, motorcycles, and other muscle cars taking turns racing the interstate in the middle of regular traffic.

FOX10 News Investigates scoped out the site after someone who works nearby tipped us off to the concern.

"Just see it as an extreme hazard to the general public, and families that travel that highway," the anonymous tipster said in an interview with FOX10 News.

Because of our investigation, Mobile Police cracked down on the illegal activity, issuing seven citations in one undercover sting operation.

"Not only are they placing themselves at risk, but they are placing the entire community at risk for their behavior," Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said.

While Mobile Police have said they will continue increased patrols, social media posts about racing in Mobile indicate the racing may still be happening in different areas around the city, including I-165.

If you see something, do the right thing and report it to police, you may save a life this holiday season.

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