Witness Says Cars In Crash That Killed 2 Teenagers Were Drag Racing – FOX13 News Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis police said two teenagers died after a car crash in Frayser last week.
A witness told FOX13 that the cars involved were drag racing.
Although police have not confirmed that these were drag races, MPD said it was still an open investigation and one of the vehicles was traveling at very high speed.
As a result, a 17-year-old is among the children who lost his life.
“The young man doing the squeeze, they were like, stop, stop, he’s gone, he’s gone,” said Jennifer Suluki.
A photo of 17-year-old Trayjuan Manns can be found at the corner of James Road and Woodlawn Terrace in Frayser.
Family members placed balloons, candles and teddy bears there to remember two teenage boys who eyewitnesses lost their lives in drag racing.
“These babies were left here by himself. She is a mother who is about to receive tragic news about her son, ”Suluki said.
Suluki recorded a video of the aftermath of Frayser’s accident last week.
Suluki says she saw drivers going 160 km / h before the crash.
“All of you young people who think it’s good to drive in these cars like that, it’s not worth it,” she said.
Memphis Police said that so far this year there have been more than 100 speeding accidents in the city. This motivated MPD to launch its Slow Down Memphis campaign.
“We take education; we educate drivers. We also want to partner with business owners from various lots where we’ve seen these car enthusiasts come together to do some kind of stunt driving, ”said Keith Watson of the Memphis Police Department.
Suluki’s video shows the bodies of at least one teenager on the ground. It’s too graphic for Fox 13 to show.
“You put your life and the people in the car at risk,” Suluki added.
Memphis Police said 7,000 of the 12,000 accidents in Memphis this year involved children under the age of 18.
Police say the problem worsened after the start of the pandemic.