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Street races lead to injuries and deaths in California

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2021 | Personal Injury |

When a serious accident happens and someone is killed, it’s the responsibility of those at fault to take care of the costs associated with that person’s death. Unfortunately, sometimes people are killed as a result of others participating in illegal activities, like street racing, which has a lasting impact on their families and friends.

Take, for example, this case that happened in Southern California. According to the news from Dec. 28, a photographer was killed on Christmas Day when they were filming drag races around Banning and East 230th Streets. Local sheriff’s officials stated that the gathering was an illicit event.

The illegal races were riskier that day

According to the news, the 66-year-old man who was killed was known for hosting podcasts about muscle cars and hot rods at different organized venues throughout the region. While illegal street races weren’t what he usually attended, his girlfriend suggested that the cancelation of many other events might have led him to go film these.

The man was killed when a black Cadillac sedan and another blue vehicle collided and spun into the crowd. The 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and five other people had to be hospitalized.

This isn’t the first street race to take lives

This isn’t the first time street racing has taken lives. Another incident in Fresno happened when the police tried to pull over a man in a Mustang who was racing another vehicle. That man went on to cause a three-vehicle crash after going through a red light at around 100 mph. In that collision, four people died and one person survived.

In at least one of these cases, the drivers are still being sought (there are videos to assist the authorities). In others, those involved in the races could be held liable for the deaths that resulted from crashes they caused or played a role in.