Illegal street racing, car gatherings fueling concerns for neighbors along Southwest Military
Illegal street racing is once again fueling concerns on the Southwest Side. People in the area say there’s been a recent uptick in late-night street racing on Southwest Military Drive and are looking to local leaders for answers.
SAPD collaborates with drag racing organizations to move illegal street racing to controlled tracks
This week, the San Antonio Police Department is going public with conversations they’ve been having for months about convincing illegal street racers to instead race on controlled race tracks in the area.
San Antonio explores ways to slowdown street racing, parking lot takeovers with stricter laws
SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio Public Safety Committee says it wants to see more data and hear from the community before it continues to explore the possibility of a stricter ordinance that might cut down on street racing and parking lot takeovers. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus briefed the committee on the efforts so far during a Wednesday meeting. “The word on the street is that don’t go to San Antonio because you’ll lose your car if you do,” he said about the decrease in the number of calls for street racing recently. In May 2020, that city passed an ordinance that went after street racing spectators and parking lot takeover events. PREVIOUSLY: San Antonio council members exploring ways to put the brakes on street racing
‘It changed my life forever’: Man who lost fingers in fireworks disaster tells his story
He agreed to meet at the parking lot where his life was forever changed. Sexton said he didn’t know the majority of the people there and had never been to one of the group’s events. The other victim, Sexton, lost several fingers and may potentially have permanent eyesight damage. “There’s fingers on the floor and they said there was blood gushing out of his eye and he possibly lost his eyeball,” Gomez said. He said he had never been around fireworks because the laws in California are so strict regarding fireworks.
San Antonio council members exploring ways to put the brakes on street racing
SAN ANTONIO – Michael Cooreman, a member of several local car clubs, says he’s concerned illegal street racing meetups in the city may give these clubs a bad name. District 6 Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda, the Public Safety Committee chairperson, said she met with San Antonio Police Chief William McManus in August to address the matter. Cabello Havrda said city staff members are exploring ways to do better. Meanwhile, communities are encouraged to report illegal racing to local police. RELATED: SAPD: Street racing meet up on NE Side turns into fireworks disaster with 2 people losing limbs, fingers
SAPD: Street racing meet up on NE Side turns into fireworks disaster with 2 people losing limbs, fingers
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are investigating several street racing incidents that happened in different parts of the city overnight, including one that resulted in a fireworks disaster that had two people lose limbs and fingers. According to police, two people were hurt while shooting off fireworks in the middle of the vehicles doing doughnuts. SAPD said another victim had a firework blow up in his face and blew off three fingers from one hand and badly damaged his other hand. The individuals fled in vehicles as officers heard gunshots, SAPD said. SAPD did say that one person, a 19-year-old, was apprehended at the scene and arrested on a charge of obstructing a highway or other passageway.