A Double Shot at Love: Police Believe Kandi Died Street Racing
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
According to police reports, Kandice Hutchison, known as Kandi on A Double Shot of Love, died tragically while street-racing. Kandi, who was eliminated in the second episode of the MTV reality show, was killed in a car accident on October 21 after she finished filming for A Double Shot at Love.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram is reporting that police now believe that the accident that took Kandi's life was caused by illegal street racing and alcohol.
At 2:30am the morning of October 21st, Kandice was driving in Euless, Texas on Airport Freeway. At some point the drive turned into a race between Kandi in her Nissan 350z Sport Coupe and a Mazda 6 that was also on the road. The race took a horrible turn when their race was interrupted by an Mustang in the road's center lane. According to witness reports, Hutchinson moved her car into the right lane to pass the Mustang, while the Mazda she was racing passed the Mustang on the left side. Despite successfully passing the Mustang on either side, both Kandi and the other driver lost control of their vehicles shortly afterwards. Polices say that after passing the Mustang, Kandi veered across the center lane and struck the Mazda she'd been racing.
The impact of the crash sent Kandi's car careening into the concrete median in the center of the highway. After hitting the median, Kandi's car flipped onto the median and slid along the top of the barrier until it slammed into a bridge support and caught fire. The car Kandi was racing bounced off the median and spun to a stop, but the driver and passenger of the vehicle were both wearing their seat-belts and neither were injured. Kandi, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was ejected from her vehicle. When paramedics arrived at the scene, Kandi had already died from the injuries she sustained. She was declared dead by EMTs on the side of the freeway.
Toxicology reports conducted on Kandi after her death showed that she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24, three times the legal limit in Texas. Euless, Texas police plan to ask the county district attorney's office to consider filing street-racing charges against the surviving driver. However, the other driver in the accident said he wasn't racing Kandi, rather he had spend up to get away from her car which "made him nervous because it was right on my bumper." Whether the cause of the accident was street-racing or alcohol related, one thing is certain: the loss of Kandi Hutchinson, who was only 22 at the time of her death, was an avoidable tragedy.
-Abbey Simmons, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: The Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram
(Image courtesy of MTV)