Driver in deadly racing crash indicted in Abilene

Hayden Michael Hammer

The 18-year-old Abilene man arrested for his suspected role in a racing crash near Austin that killed two children and critically injured their mom was indicted Thursday in a different case.

A Taylor County grand jury indicted Hayden Michael Hammer, 18, for theft and burglary of a building.

According to the indictment, Hammer cut the lock off a storage shed in September and stole a 2011 Polaris ATV that belonged to Wylie Little League.


He then sold it on Facebook to a man in Brownwood for $1,150 – which is less than a quarter of the value.

The theft was caught on surveillance video.

Hammer told police he knew the combination of the lock, but cut it “to take any pieces that may have his fingerprints” and to “make it look like a random burglary,” according to court documents.

He was arrested for the theft in October and released the same day on $50,000 bond.


But he’s now in jail in Williamson County because of the deadly racing cras

Police in Cedar Park – north of Austin -- say Hammer was racing another truck on Jan. 10 when he hit a 2016 Nissan Rogue.

The driver of the Rouge was -- Zara Salman -- injured. Her two boys – ages 8 and 1 – were killed in the crash.

Salman was released from the ICU on Jan. 21. But hospital officials say she will remain in the hospital for sometime before she is transferred to rehab.

She lost her memory and did not remember the accident. Doctor's are hopeful that she will regain it.

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