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Police: Street racing may have led to vehicle driving into creek, killing two

The San Antonio Fire Department's heavy rescue team pulled the car out of the water.

SAN ANTONIO — Two people are dead after a high speed crash in south San Antonio in which their car jumped a curb, hit a tree, flipped and landed upside down in a pond.

The Medical Examiner said 21-year-old Jaime Perez died in the crash.  The identity of a 19-year-old woman in the car has not yet been released.

Police said around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a witness saw a Dodge Challenger that was eastbound in the 3300 block of Research Plaza near South New Braunfels Avenue lose control and crash.  But when officers arrived on scene moments later, they found only tire tracks leading into the water.  The car was not visible.

The police EAGLE helicopter was able to see the heat signature of the car's engine under the water and the heavy rescue unit from the fire department was called to help with the search and recovery effort.

The section of Research Plaza where the crash occurred is a long stretch of straightaway.  Just a few yards away from the current crash site, there is a memorial to a man who died in a 2017 racing incident.

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