Street Racing: A deadly game growing in San Antonio

They are daredevils behind the wheel, speeding across San Antonio streets. Chances are, you're seeing more of them. Street racers, chasing a thrill, but also - chasing death. Putting their lives and the lives of others in jeopardy.

SAN ANTONIO - Chances are you've seen more street racers chasing a thrill across San Antonio streets, while also chasing death.

Brian Gueria is a street racer her in the Alamo City who said racing is his "happy place".

"It's really exciting... a lot of adrenaline going through your body," Gueria said. "I've been in passenger cars where I've reached up to 180 mph," Gueria said.

But even at his young age, Gueria knows the real-life game can come with deadly consequences. He said he worries about something happening to him all the time.

"But when I hear the three honks, that's when everything goes away and I just stick to the racing," Gueria said.

Officer Douglas Greene with the San Antonio Police Department said the effects of racing are always seen on San Antonio streets.

"People have been seriously injured or killed," Greene said. "When you're racing, you're putting other people lives in danger."

Police know the deadly game all too well and they're cracking down because the consequences are severe and too often tragic.

Last year, 31-year-old Jessie Zerwas appeared to be drag racing on Thousand Oaks Drive when his black Corvette burst into flames. His sister, Kimberly Bergund said the only thing she saw left of the car, was the frame.

Cases like these aren't rare. According to a DPS report, there have been nearly 7,000 crashes involving speed in San Antonio. The report shows the number of accidents involving speed is increasing across the city and county.

Compare 2012's 1,453 crashes in Bexar County with last year's 1,776.

In addition, speed killed 30 people last year in Bexar county alone.

Officer Greene said the Texas Penal Code classifies racing as a Class B misdemeanor, which makes you can be arrested and face thousands in fines.

Ian Grae, owner of The San Antonio Raceway, said the track is a safe place for racers and drifters to practice their skills.

"We're all about bringing in the kids off the streets so they come out here and race in a safe controlled environment," Grae said. 

Brian has occasionally taken to the raceway himself, and vows to keep it safe next time he decides to race.

"My mom would kill me if anything were to happen to me or the car," Brian said. 

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