RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) - The victim of a fatal Christmas Eve accident caused by two drivers trying to cut each other off at speeds up to 80 mph hour was remembered as a man devoted to his family.
31-year-old Christopher Cain Soliz was headed out for some last-minute shopping when a car broadsided him. The 40-year-old man whose vehicle smashed into his and a 19-year-old man driving a Jaguar both face manslaughter charges.
A Richardson police spokesman referred to the incident as an act of "senselessness."
Soliz's sister said he had planned to watch his 2-year-old niece open the toy laptop and talking chair he bought her on Christmas morning.
Witnesses say the incident began when a man driving a Pontiac G6 tried to keep the Jaguar from passing him by cutting it off. The cars reached estimated speeds between 70 and 80 mph. Soliz was turning left out of his apartment complex in a Ford sport utility vehicle when he was broadsided by the Pontiac.
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