Houston man, 25, arrested for fatal Christmas street race

January 22, 2018

HOUSTON (AP) — A 25-year-old Houston man has been charged with causing the deaths of two people — including a 62-year-old grandfather — when vehicles crashed while street racing on Christmas Day.

Harris County prosecutors say Devante Franklin has been arrested and is charged with two counts of racing resulting in a death and one count of racing resulting in serious bodily injury.

Assistant District Attorney Sean Teare says Franklin faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Franklin has a court appearance set for Tuesday.

Authorities say Franklin and Kevin Strong in separate cars were speeding and swerving through traffic when they crashed into an SUV driven by 62-year-old Johnny Lewis Patterson. Strong and Patterson were killed. Court documents show one of the cars had reached 114 mph.

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