Grief counselors were on-hand at Lawson Middle School Thursday after two students there were killed in an apparent street racing crash Wednesday.
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the deadly crash that was reported just before 2 a.m. on West Fuqua Street near White Heather Drive.
Houston police said a patrol officer was doing a report when he saw two SUVs speeding east on Fuqua Street. Just as the officer pulled behind the vehicles they collided and one hit a tree, according to police. Two teens inside the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the 14-year-old driver of the second SUV got out of his vehicle, checked on the two teens and tried to get away, but the officer stopped him, police said. That teen was charged with racing causing death, and failure to stop and render aid.
Investigators said Thursday that detectives are looking into a seconds suspect who allegedly filmed the incident. The district attorney’s office will work to determine whether to file charges.
Police said the teen who was charged did not appear to be under the influence.
One of the victims was identified by a family member as 15-year-old Harvier Hunter, who was a student at Lawson Middle School. His aunt, Ivory Hunter, said his parents live in Las Vegas and she had raised him since he was a baby.
Hunter said she taught Harvier how to drive at a young age and Monday night he asked for her keys.
“Parents everywhere, double-check your kids when they ask you for your keys. He (was) only 15 years old,” Hunter said. “I should have seen the warning signs but I didn’t. I usually catch him, but I did not catch him this morning and the results of that — it took his life.”
Family members of the second victim identified him as 15-year-old Seviyon Farley, who also attended Lawson Middle School.
Della Mae Farley said that her family is having a difficult time coping with the news of her great-great grandson’s death.
“It just hit my heart,” Farley said, “My heart hurts. It just hurts.”
One Lawson Middle School parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said her 8th-grade daughter talked to her about the deadly crash.
“A lot of people were sad about it you know it was just a sad thing that happened and they couldn’t believe that this happened,” the mother said.
The identity of the teenager who was charged was not released because he is a juvenile.