LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department has confirmed that the 20-year-old Lufkin man injured in a racing-related, two-vehicle wreck that occurred on a feeder road of South First Street on April 24 has died.
Sgt. David Casper, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, confirmed Thursday that Richard Lowery died on Tuesday at at Tyler hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered in the April 24 wreck.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the accident occurred on the South First Street feeder road near Hobby Lobby on the morning of April 24.
Casper said on April 24 that John Dakota Allen, 20, of Lufkin, was in a Ford Mustang, and Lowery was in a Dodge Challenger. After they were both stopped at a red light on the feeder road, they both started racing when the light turned green, Casper said.
At some point, Lowery lost control of his Challenger, hit Allen's car, and spun into a nearby light pole, Casper said. Lowery was taken to a Lufkin hospital and then airlifted to a Tyler hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Lowery's passenger, Greg Hollis, 39, was also taken to a Lufkin hospital.
Allen was arrested at the scene and charged with racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury and failure to maintain financial responsibility. He posted a bail amount of $500 and was released from the jail on April 25.