Police Arrest Second Suspect in Alleged Norristown Racing Crash

Authorities say they have arrested a second man on 3rd-degree murder charges in what they allege was a racing crash in southeastern Pennsylvania that killed two people, including a pregnant woman.

Montgomery County prosecutors and West Pottsgrove police said 21-year-old Evaughn-Sha Walters of Washington, D.C., is charged with two counts of third degree murder, one count of third degree murder of an Unborn Child, two counts of homicide by vehicle, and other related charges. 

Investigators say they learned that Walters was driving a Toyota Camry while racing a white BMW driven by Shone Santiago on February 4. Authorities say Santiago lost control of the vehicle on Route 422 just after midnight, crashed through a guard rail and launched down an embankment near the Schuylkill River, killing 23-year-old Anthony Rodriguez of East Elmhurst, New York and 20-year-old Marissa Kelly of Stroudsburg and her unborn child.

Investigators say the BMW became airborn and traveled 200 feet away from the road before hitting trees and landing on its roof. They determined Santiago was driving at a minimum speed of 121 miles per hour just before the crash in the work zone, where the posted speed limit is 40 miles per hour.

Police say Santiago and two passengers were trapped inside the car after the crash. Santiago was removed from the car and was flown to Reading Hospital. He was later charged. The two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also determined that Walters and Santiago were engaged in a previous race that took place on Route 100 only an hour before the fatal crash on 422. Investigators were able to download video of the earlier race from Walter's cell phone which shows Walters' Toyota speedometer reaching a speed of 140 miles per hour. 

Walters was arraigned on Sunday, May 7. He was denied bail and placed in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 17. 

A listed number for Walters couldn't be found Monday and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us