Bystander Killed in Street Racing Crash

Alan Scaia
February 17, 2020 - 9:37 am

Photo Courtesy of Lyons Family


(Dallas, TX)  --  Dallas police say an innocent bystander was killed when two cars were racing in the Pleasant Grove area Sunday morning. Police say two Camaros were racing down S. Masters Drive just after 5 a.m.

They say, Kendrick Lyons, 45, was driving down Cushing Drive. Police say he stopped at the stop sign at Masters while two Camaros were "racing each other at a high rate of speed" on Masters.

Police say Lyons pulled out and was hit by one of the Camaros. He died at the scene.

"Cars are dangerous weapons," says Jolynn Wright, a cousin of Lyons. "They need to stop. They need to stop. You need to find a road track if you want to go out and do something dangerous. Do it to yourself."

Police say the crash caused Lyons' car to spin around several times and catch fire. He was ejected from the car.

Wright says Lyons had gone to a birthday party Saturday night; he would have turned 46 Tuesday. She says Lyons was driving to donate plasma Sunday morning.

"He joked around a lot, and he always had a smile on everybody's face when you'd see him. He'd make you laugh," she says.

Police say the driver of the Camaro that hit Lyons went to the hospital with "serious internal bodily injuries." Police have not released his identity, simply saying he is 23 years old.

The driver of the other car, Alejandro Valdez, 27, stopped and was arrested. Both he and the 23-year-old will be charged with racing cause of death.