A couple of Mustang drivers are behind bars following a Sunday crash where a motorcyclist died after the pair were allegedly racing on a Conroe road.
Joseph Ontario Amigliore, 19, and Franco Benjamin Muto, 20, both from Porter, are being charged with racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony, according to Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Andrew James.
While allegedly racing southbound between the 17200 and the 17500 blocks of FM 1314, one or both collided with a Nissan pickup truck pulling out of the Buster’s Crawfish restaurant. One of the Mustang drivers then allegedly struck a motorcyclist who died on the scene, according to James.
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The victim is named Ross Reynolds, according to James. He is reportedly a 60-year-old Cornoe man, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter website.
As of Monday afternoon, Amigliore and Muto are being held with no bond at the Montgomery County Jail, according to jail records. If convicted, Amigliore and Muto could face up to 20 years in prison.
A case like this is a rarity in Montgomery County, said James, who serves as vehicular crimes chief at the DA’s Office. He recalled a 2009 Conroe road wreck where two teenagers were racing against each other and an occupant of one died upon the vehicle crashing.
Lazaro Millan was sentenced to 10 years and Johnnie Lewis O’Neal, the driver whose occupant died, was sentenced to 60 days. His probation was later revoked after he received a DWI, according to court records. O’Neal is now serving 17 years in prison, James said.
Texas experienced 412 motorcyclist deaths in 2019, according to a press release made available Monday by the Texas Department of Transportation.