Driver in street race crash that killed teen passenger turns himself in to police


Luis Genaro Reyes Rodriguez, 21, of Thomasville

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The driver wanted by police in connection with a street racing crash that killed a 16-year-old passenger has turned himself in, according to a press release.

Luis Genaro Reyes Rodriguez, 21, of Thomasville, is charged with manslaughter, speed competition, careless and reckless operation, speeding, no operator’s license and larceny. The investigation revealed that Rodriguez unlawfully took alcohol from a convenience store prior to the crash.

He turned himself in to Thomasville Police at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Rodriguez was driving a 2005 Infiniti G35 that crashed in the 600 block of Randolph Street Sunday morning, according to Thomasville police. The wreck resulted in the death of 16-year-old Marco Antonio Escamilla.

The Infiniti reached speeds of 80 mph in a 35 zone and had been engaged in a “speed competition” with an unknown make and model, white passenger vehicle.

In addition to Escamilla, three other people were inside the Infiniti when it crashed: Rodriguez; 17-year-old Orlando Santillan, of Thomasville and 17-year-old Estafany Gabriella Martinez, of Thomasville.

Rodriguez, Santillan and Martinez sustained moderate injuries from the crash and were treated and released from Thomasville Medical Center.

Escamilla sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Escamilla was a student at Ledford High School.

Rodriguez has a court date set for Jan. 31. He is in the Davidson County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

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