Driver involved in deadly Montgomery County drag race found guilty wtop news – The Henry Club

A Maryland man accused of participating in a deadly drag race in Montgomery County has been found guilty.

A Maryland man accused of participating in a deadly drag race in Montgomery County has been found guilty.

Noe Daniele Suriel, 29, of Silver Spring, was convicted on Thursday of driving a motor vehicle in a race or speed competition and a felony by a motor vehicle.

The Montgomery County State Attorney’s office said that on September 6, 2019, Suriel, who was driving a Dodge Challenger, and the drivers of two other vehicles were racing on Georgia Avenue.

The race ended when all three cars collided with a Honda Civic that was trying to make a turn towards the Intercounty Connector entrance. The Honda driver, identified as Rene Antonio Hernandez Jr., 32, of Olney, died in the crash.

The investigation revealed that minutes before the accident, a Dodge Challenger driven by Suriel and an Infiniti Q50S driven by Olney’s Camilo Jose Ahumada Surge, 27, were speeding on the road. Two speeding cars were captured in Metrobus footage.

Shortly before the crash, investigators said 38-year-old Regino Andres Gonzalez Pia of Gaithersburg attended the race in his Ford Explorer.

According to police, Suriel’s vehicle first made contact with the rear of Hernandez’s car, which was tilted in front of him. The Surge’s Infiniti then hit a Honda Civic, which was then spinning and a Ford Explorer Gonzalez Mutter.

Suriel was the only driver to plead not guilty. Prosecutors presented a video from Metrobus showing Suriel and Sergei’s vehicles speeding. The video was also taken from the passenger seat of Sarge’s vehicle.

Data from Sarge’s vehicle showed it was speeding at 106 mph five seconds before the crash.

Both Suriel and Sergei face up to 10 years in prison; Whereas the Gonzalez pea is faced up to 18 months.

“This should send a message to anyone who would consider the highly dangerous and potentially lethal act of drag racing at extreme speeds,” Montgomery County State Attorney John McCarthy said. “Any driver participating in a race may be convicted of manslaughter by a motor vehicle, even if the vehicle was involved in a fatal collision,” McCarthy continued.