Teen Driver Traveling 100 Miles Per Hour Prior To Deadly Crash

In an update provided by the Amarillo Police Department Wednesday, the 17-year-old female driving the the car that crossed the center lane on South Grand late last week was traveling at over 100 miles per hour before the accident occurred.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon, January 11th, near the 4800 block of South Grand. The female driver of the of a white Lexus lost control of her car, crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head-on. She was ejected from her car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Of the three people in the second vehicle, brothers Joseph Hernandez, 37 (driver) and Moses Hernandez (front passenger) 38, also died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. A child in the back seat was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injures.

In its investigation, APD determined the high rate of speed, and noted the teen-age driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The Hernandez brothers were both wearing seatbelts and the child was properly restrained in the backseat of that car. The child is reported to be recovering from the injuries caused by the crash.

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