Kerville, Texas – A third person was injured when a drag rider swerved into a crowd and crashed during racing event He died in central Texas, police said Wednesday.
Rebecca Cedillo, 46, of Converse, a suburb of San Antonio, died at the University Hospital in San Antonio, Kerrville Police Sgt. Jonathan Lamb said. Two boys, aged 6 and 8, were killed on Saturday at Kerville Kerr County Airport, but their names were withheld by police.
Police said the accident occurred while driver Michael Gonzalez was racing his 1990 Ford Mustang and began losing control midway on a 1/8-mile track that had been laid out on an airport runway. The car started in the tail before sliding out of control off the runway into a grassy area from which spectators were watching.
The car collided with a number of onlookers before hitting a trailer and coming to a stop.
The accident injured seven people, including Gonzalez, along with the three who died. One of the people admitted to the hospital, Mary-Kate Walls, 27, of Taylor, an Austin suburb, improved from critical to fair on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for University Hospital reported.
Letters seeking updates regarding Gonzalez, 34, and another man were not immediately returned.
The airport is located approximately 50 miles (85 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio. Thousands attended the organized event, which featured drivers speeding down the runway as they competed for cash.