When you do something that’s not very smart, you can be sure nowadays there’s someone nearby with a camera in hand to capture the moment.
Witness the case of the two Corvette drivers who became a YouTube sensation about this time last year after they were caught on video allegedly drag racing from a traffic signal in The Woodlands, Texas and then crashing into each other.
Well, the wheels of justice may turn slowly, but they do eventually turn. The two drivers – Roy W. Bowden, 45 of The Woodlands and Brian A. Hebert, 24, of Spring, Texas – were indicted last Thursday by a Montgomery County, Texas grand jury. They’re both facing charges of third-degree felony racing on highway causing bodily injury.
That’s apparently a pretty serious crime in Texas, since it can carry a sentence of two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
In the video, we see a C6 and a C5 Corvette sitting next to each other at a red light on Woodlands Parkway at the intersection of West Branch Crossing Drive on Thanksgiving Day, 2011. Suddenly, the two cars accelerate when the light turns green, with the C5 losing control shortly afterwards and then the two cars disappear behind a clump of trees.
Gerod Rush, the man who recorded the two cars and then uploaded it to YouTube, where it’s been viewed some 6+ million times, told The Conroe Courtier he believes the cars may have been traveling nearly 80mph when Bowden’s C5 swerved and hit the C6 driven by Hebert, who is accused of driving with a suspended license. Don’t you bet their insurance companies loved it?
A report from the Texas Department of Public Safety says that Hebert told a trooper at the scene that he felt pain in his leg and he was taken to the hospital for treatment, hence the bodily injury part of the charge.
If Hebert had not been hurt, the drivers would have faced Class B misdemeanors, but when someone is injured because of an illegal race, the charge is bumped up to a third-degree felony under Texas law.
Hebert’s lawyer, Jarrod Walker, says he’s working toward a deal and hopes to have the matter resolved soon. Bowden’s lawyer, Robert Kangun, could not be reached for comment.