28-year-old Serafin Licea led police on a high-speed car chase Thursday, September 3. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Friday, September 4, 2015 –
Serafin Licea, 28, died today at 4:30 p.m. after leading police on a high-speed chase late Thursday night.
Two vehicles – a white Chevy Camaro and a Honda Prelude were racing. They were headed eastbound on State Highway 183.
Dallas County police attempted to pull both cars over at 11:14 p.m. but neither vehicle stopped and instead separated.
Forced with a split-second decision, the officer decided to pursue Licea’s white Camaro. The pursuit exceeded speeds of 120 mph, according to police. Licea took the Commonwealth Drive exit, ran a red light, and headed northbound on I-35 east. He then took the Northwest Highway exit and hit a steel pole. The massive steel pole was several feet in diameter.
Unfortunately, Licea was driving so fast he split the car in half immediately upon hitting the pole. 22-year-old Estrella Ortiz Alfero was a passenger in the vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Some reports claim she eventually died in the hospital but we have no official word or confirmation on that.
Licea was killed immediately upon impact.
You can see dramatic footage of the chase as it happened in this video:
Pull Over If Police Come After You
Now, I don’t know if Mr. Licea had any criminal history of any kind. Current reports don’t have any information regarding whether he was drunk, high, or just getting excitement out of a police chase. Was he in a stolen vehicle?
It’s not known. A quick online search didn’t reveal any criminal record.
All I know is that his death, and the serious injuries and possible death of Estrella, were entirely preventable.
If he was guilty of a crime, he could have simply gone to jail, or done probation, rather than losing his life, and possibly the life of another young person. At 28, he’d still have time to get his life back on track after some mistakes. But now he doesn’t have that chance. He chose to roll the dice on a 50/50 chance that the officer on duty wouldn’t follow him, and lost.
And his friends and family (he had a son), now have an irreplaceable void in their lives.
I’m not judging Mr. Licea and his actions. What I am saying is that you have the opportunity to learn from his mistakes.
So if the police want to pull you over, and you know you’re not guilty of a crime (or even if you are), just be responsible and comply. It keeps you safe, everyone else safe, and your family isn’t missing a loved one.