Second suspect charged in Cedar Park crash that killed two children


A second man has been arrested and charged in a crash that killed two children and critically injured a woman in Cedar Park, according to court records and the man’s attorney.

Blake Ayres Kirkpatrick of Cedar Park, 21, and a second suspect are accused of drag racing in the moments before the crash.

Kirkpatrick’s attorney, Bob Phillips, said his client is charged with two counts of racing causing a death and one count of racing causing a serious injury. Kirkpatrick has been booked into the Travis County Jail and is now out on bond.

The crash happened last month along West Whitestone Boulevard and Walton Way near U.S. 183.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cedar Park police identified Kirkpatrick after getting numerous tips that he was behind the wheel of a Ford F-250 that was seen racing a black Dodge Ram just before the crash.

That Dodge crashed into a Nissan SUV, carrying two children and a woman. The children, Elijah Chaudhary, 8, and Daniel Chaudhary, 1, were killed. Zara Salman, who was driving the car that the stepbrothers were in, remains in the hospital. She was Daniel’s mother and Elijah’s stepmother.

Police contacted Kirkpatrick, according to the affidavit, and later went to his house where they found his truck, which police say matched the one seen in video surveillance of the area.

Police have already charged 18-year-old Hayden Hammer with racing and crashing into the family. They say he was behind the wheel of a Dodge.

“Three of Kirkpatrick’s co-workers stated in the days following the collision, Kirkpatrick had come into work talking about driving next to the black Dodge Ram when the collision occurred,” the affidavit said. “He advised them that the persons in the Dodge wanted to race but he didn’t race them.”

“Our hearts go out to the two children who lost their lives and to their mother who was injured in this tragic auto accident,” Phillips said. “At this point, any other comment is premature and inappropriate.”



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