Brandeis graduate indicted in fatal street racing crash

Antonio Flores free on bonds totaling $250,000

Published On: Jul 23 2013 06:55:18 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Weeks after graduating from Brandeis High School, 19-year-old Antonio Flores has been indicted and arrested in the street racing crash Feb. 19 that killed two of his classmates.

In addition to two counts of manslaughter, the indictment also shows Flores faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon due to injuries sustained by a third passenger and the driver of a pick up truck allegedly struck by Flores' vehicle.

San Antonio Police at the scene said Flores had been street racing another vehicle on the Loop 1604 eastbound access road and Hausman Road.

Leticia Lerma, whose 17-year-old daughter Gabby and 16-year-old Georgina Rodriguez were in the back seat of Flores' vehicle, said his arrest came within days of the five-month anniversary of their deaths.

"(I'm) just glad that finally we're making progress. I know it's going to be a while before we go to trial," Lerma said.

Lerma said she has countless questions about the circumstances leading up to the wreck.

"But nothing is going to bring back my daughter," Lerma said.

Pascual Gonzalez, Northside ISD spokesman, said after the crash,

Brandeis High School administrators reviewed the school's policy of allowing seniors and some juniors with written parental permission, to leave campus during the noon hour.

"We believe the policy is a good policy," Gonzalez said. "It does allow the parents the choice  between their child will stay in school or leave campus."

But Lerma said her daughter did not have permission to be off campus, despite school staff checking who comes and goes during the lunch hour.

With school starting next month, Lerma urges parents to think twice before signing those permission slips.

She said, "Your kid could possibly be leaving off campus with someone who loves to race."