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Man found guilty of manslaughter in street racing death

19-year-old Xavier Montalvo was arrested on warrants for racing on a highway causing death and...
19-year-old Xavier Montalvo was arrested on warrants for racing on a highway causing death and manslaughter(Lubbock County Detention Center)
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 4:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 9:34 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A Lubbock jury found a man guilty of manslaughter on Thursday, after he was accused of killing a Lubbock man while street racing.

The state holds Xavier Montalvo responsible for the death of 69-year-old Howard Wright on February 24, 2020. Sentencing will take place on Friday.

The jury added a deadly weapon enhancement to Montalvo’s conviction, raising the mandatory minimum of prison time for his possible sentence.

Howard Wright
Howard Wright(Liggett Law Group)

Court records show Montalvo started drag racing on Slide Road just before 3 p.m. and was doing 94 miles per hour when he struck Wright’s car at 75th and Slide Rd. That is more than twice the posted speed limit.

Wright died before reaching the hospital.

Slide road and 73rd Street crash
Slide road and 73rd Street crash(KCBD)

Two other men have been charged in relation to Wright’s death; Luis Salinas and Anthony Martin.

Court records show they were all part of the same car club at the time of the crash.

In March of 2020, Wright’s family sued the suspects and car club for $1 million in monetary relief, claiming wrongful death.

Luis Salinas and Anthony Martin were arrested on warrants for racing on a highway and causing...
Luis Salinas and Anthony Martin were arrested on warrants for racing on a highway and causing death. Xavier Montalvo was arrested on warrants for racing on a highway causing death and manslaughter,(Lubbock County Detention Center)

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