Suspected street racer facing charges after deadly crash - Mid-South News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | FOX13

Suspected street racer facing charges after deadly Highland Park crash

Posted: Updated:
Leo Evans is facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder. Leo Evans is facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder.
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -

After a fatal crash, 26-year-old Leo Evans is facing charges that could put him in prison for years. He is accused of street racing, a dangerous game that can have deadly consequences.

"They were coming up the street, and one of the guys lost control of the car, hit the tree and then hit the house," said Corey Davis. "The other car that was in the altercation sped off. It never stopped. They kept going. That shows you right there that they don't care about life."

Police say Evans fled the scene in the crash that killed 18-year-old Jaylin Heath.

Heath was in the back seat of his 2006 Grand Prix mangled like a toy car on impact. He died at the scene. Two friends in his car were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Witnesses say Evans was racing Heath and his friends down Puritan in Highland Park.

Sunday, Evans was charged with three felonies, including second-degree murder, reckless driving causing death and reckless driving causing impairment of a bodily function.

Police say he is still in custody awaiting a preliminary hearing on June 11.

"My heart goes out to the family to have to bury your child so young. He's only 18, and he just had a child, so he was just beginning to be a dad," said Tanya Belle.

A picture showing Heath holding his baby daughter, London, was taken just three months before his death.

Evans is not the only one facing charges. The driver of the car in which Heath was a passenger is still in the hospital on the long road to recovery, but police say once he is released, he will also be charged with second-degree murder.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Jimmy Buffett returns to Comerica Park on July 26

    Jimmy Buffett returns to Comerica Park on July 26

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:23:48 GMT
    Jimmy Buffett will take the stage once again this summer at Detroit's Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will play one night only on Saturday, July 26 with special guest John Fogerty.
    Jimmy Buffett will take the stage once again this summer at Detroit's Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will play one night only on Saturday, July 26 with special guest John Fogerty.
  • Body found in Lake Erie, crews look for 3 missing

    Body found in Lake Erie, crews look for 3 missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:15:54 GMT
    The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they're continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.
    The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they're continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.
  • Police: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

    Police: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:54:57 GMT
    Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home on the city's west side.
    Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home on the city's west side.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices