Teen's Fatal Crash Not Due to Racing: Police

Vigil to be held Friday night

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    A Dallas teenager was killed and two others were injured in a car crash in South Dallas on Thursday afternoon.

    The crash was originally thought to be a result of racing, but Dallas police said Friday that evidence gathered from witnesses does not support that assertion.

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    Dallas police now say the driver of a Honda lost control on a patch of wet road and struck a utility pole near 6100 South Lancaster Road at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

    Three students were in the Honda. The driver was taken to Baylor Medical Center in critical condition. The front passenger was in stable condition, and the rear passenger, 16-year-old Tania Enamorado, was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

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    Officers said the second vehicle left the scene of the wreck, but that turns out to be a misunderstanding.  The driver of the truck stopped and called 911 and remained at the scene until Dallas Fire-Rescue arrived.  Firefighters then asked the truck driver to move their vehicle so the ambulance could get through -- because they were not involved in the crash, the driver of the truck left the scene.

    Driver Latoya Lindon stopped to help after seeing the wreckage.

    "It was just an emotional scene -- everybody running around, crying," she said. "People showing up on the scene. The teachers, the principal came out."

    At a board meeting Thursday night, Dallas Independent School District officials confirmed that the three students in the Honda were related. Two were twins, Tania and her brother Mauricio and the third was their cousin Letcia Enamorado

    School officials said one of the twins died. The twins attended Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy.

    The Accident Investigation Unit and Vehicle Crimes Unit is in the initial stages of its investigation.

    Lindon, whose young daughter died in a car crash not long ago, said Thursday's crash should be a wake-up call to young drivers.

    "The speeding's not worth it," she said. "The hurt you put your family members through is not worth it, and you [could] lose your life within two seconds. You're laughing one minute, and the next minute, you're gone. It's not that serious. Just slow down, take your time, and it's not that serious."

    A vigil is expected to be held Friday night at 6 p.m. for Tania at Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Academy.

    NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.