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Pair indicted in fatal North Richland Hills racing crash

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- A 20-year-old Fort Worth man and an 18-year-old Keller woman accused of causing a fatal accident in October by racing down a street have been indicted on racing on a highway charges.

Members of a Tarrant County grand jury reached their decision against Cody Buck Smith and Amanda Sykes on two counts each of racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury.

At the time of the accident, the teens apparently didn’t know each other, police said.

Grand jurors returned the indictments on Thursday in Fort Worth.

Investigators believe the teen and young man were speeding south on Rufe Snow Drive when their vehicles hit a Kia, killing 56-year-old Lucy Hart of Watauga, who was a passenger in the Kia.

Her husband, John Hart, was seriously injured in the accident. He suffered broken ribs and hip bone, a smashed pelvic and numerous internal injuries. He was just released from physical rehabilitation last week, family members said Monday afternoon.

The accident happened about 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the 7400 block of Rufe Snow Drive.

According to police reports, Sykes was driving a Nissan Altima and Smith was driving a Scion. Smith had a 16-year-old passenger, police have said.

The Kia was turning left on Starnes Road from northbound Rufe Snow Drive, police reports state.

Police have said that the Scion and Altima hit the Kia as it turned. John Hart and Smith were taken to hospitals. Sykes and the 16-year-old were treated at the scene.

Smith and Sykes were arrested more than a month after the accident.

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