The driver who fatally struck a married couple with his vehicle while they were walking in Lowell on Thursday night was drag racing at the time of the crash, according to local authorities.
Sixty-six-year-old Jose Medina and 62-year-old Fernanda Medina, both of Lowell, died in the crash, which occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office reported. Twenty-six-year-old Tyriek Brown, of Everett, was arrested on multiple charges after the crash, authorities said.
Because of the severity of the charges Brown is facing, he will need the services of a car injury attorney.
Brown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday was racing another driver down Pawtucket Boulevard when he lost control of his vehicle, authorities said. Investigators said Brown’s car left the curb and went onto a walkway where it struck Jose and Fernanda Medina who were walking nearby.
The Medinas were transported to a local hospital to be treated for serious injuries. However, both ultimately were pronounced dead, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.
Brown also suffered injuries in the crash, though his wounds were described as non-life-threatening. He was arrested late Thursday on charges of manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide, according to authorities.
Brown was arraigned Friday in Lowell District Court, according to court records. Information available Friday doesn’t say whether he has acquired representation from a car injury attorney.
Police said speed contributed to the wreck, but the incident still is ongoing. Authorities said they still are seeking the driver who allegedly was racing Brown.
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