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A 22-year-old New York City man was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and related offenses in a deadly “racing crash” that killed two people — including a pregnant woman — on Route 422 in West Pottsgrove three months ago, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
Authorities said Shone Santiago was racing a white 2007 BMW 328xi against another vehicle when he lost control of his car, crashed through a guardrail, went airborne, then rolled down an embankment.
Two passengers in his BMW — Anthony Rodriguez, 23, of East Elmhurst, N.Y., and Marissa Kelly, 20, of Stroudsburg — were killed. Kelly’s unborn child was also killed.
Authorities identified the other driver as Evaughn-Sha Walters, 21, of Washington. He had been interviewed, but detectives are now seeking the public’s help finding him. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
About 12:02 a.m. Feb. 4, West Pottsgrove Township Police found the BMW on its roof after it had rolled into a ravine. The three occupants were trapped.
Rodriguez and Kelly, who was 15 weeks pregnant, were declared dead at the scene. Santiago was flown by helicopter to Reading Hospital, where he was in critical condition.
Through their investigation, authorities learned that Santiago was driving at least 121 mph just before the crash and was racing Walters, who was driving a white 2007 Toyota Camry with a gold hood, roof and rims. The posted speed limit in that area of Route 422, which was a work zone, was 40 mph.
Walters was one of two people who called 911 when the crash occurred. He told a dispatcher “I just saw a car run off the road” and said he just “witnessed it,” according to a transcript of the call, provided in the affidavit of probable cause.
Later that day, a Montgomery County detective interviewed Walters, who said he and Santiago both attend the Universal Technical Institute in Exton, a training program that focuses on automotive repairs.
Video downloaded from Walters’ cellphone showed that about an hour before the fatal crash, Walters and Santiago had raced against each other on Route 100, at Shoemaker Road, in Pottstown. At one point, Walters’ Toyota was traveling 140 mph.
Both Santiago and Walters are charged with two counts of third-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder of an unborn child, homicide by vehicle, and related offenses.
Santiago was also charged with DUI because he was suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. He waived his preliminary hearing Thursday and is in custody at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. An attorney listed for him did not immediately return a call.
Walters was also charged with lying to authorities in his initial Feb. 4 statement. The Montgomery County Detective Bureau is asking for anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 610-278-3368.
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