FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Sixteen-year-old Eric Trevino was killed Friday after the driver in the car he was riding in lost control during a street race and was struck by two other cars, Fort Worth police officials said.
The crash happened just after noon in the 2200 block of 8th Ave. Trevino, who was a junior at Trimble Tech High School where he played varsity baseball, was on his way back to school during a lunch break when the driver lost control.
“My little brother’s life, that’s my best friend right there,” said Chris Trevino, Eric’s 18-year-old-brother. “I looked at the car, I seen one person in the car and I thought it was my brother. They were putting a cast over his neck.”
Chris Trevino said he raced to the scene after receiving a call from one of his brother’s friends.
Fort Worth Police said the driver, 16-year-old Alex Murillo, was racing two other drivers on 8th Street. When he lost control, his car spun backward into oncoming traffic, causing two trucks to slam into his car. Murillo is in critical condition at JPS Hospital.
“I had to lose my best friend, my brother my everything. That’s half my life – he [Alex] broke my heart. He might have lost my brother, but I’m not heartless. I hope he makes it through,” Chris Trevino said.
Chris said he believes Murillo was speeding to get back to class.
“They weren’t racing. they weren’t racing another car, they weren’t racing nothing else. I know alex, he wouldn’t race. He wouldn’t put my little brother’s life in danger like that,” Chris Trevino said.
Fort Worth police officials said the case is still under investigation. The two other drivers accused of racing could face criminal charges. Chris Trevino said his parents are mourning, and having a difficult time coping with their loss.
“She drove in the middle of the night – looking for him all over, trying to see if she could find him. She thinks he’s out with his friends still,” Chris Trevino said.
Eric had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. He would have graduated from high school in 2012; earlier this week, he told his mom he was trying to figure out if he wanted to be a Longhorn or an Aggie.
The Trevino family is holding a candlelight vigil in their son’s memory Sunday night on Trimble Tech’s baseball field.