Man accused of street racing in deadly Edinburg crash

Felipe Arnoldo Cantu Lozano

Police here are investigating a deadly crash that occurred Friday, in which one man has been charged with racing on a highway in connection with the incident.

According to a news release, the Edinburg Police Department was called to the 4000 block of North Salinas Street in reference to a vehicular accident at 4:51 p.m. Friday.

Officers found a male who was unresponsive in a 2002 red Chevrolet Tahoe. He was later identified as Zaith Morado and was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said in the release that officers were able to determine that three vehicles were racing on Salinas Street when the crash occurred. Through an investigation, police identified Felipe Arnoldo Cantu Lozano as one of the drivers.

Lozano was arrested for allegedly racing on a highway causing death, which is a second degree felony with two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, and for making a false report to a police officer, a Class B misdemeanor with up to a year in prison and a fine not to exceed $4,000.

A juvenile also involved in the racing was detained, processed and admitted to a juvenile detention center. All of the involved parties are associated with a racing car club, according to the news release.

Judge Toribio Palacios set Lozano’s bonds at $100,000 for racing on a highway, causing death and $10,000 for false report to a police officer.

“We want the public to please be aware of the dangers of racing and the sad outcome that can sometimes be a result of reckless driving,” EPD investigator and public information officer Sarah Rodriguez said in the release.