Law enforcement officers throughout Los Angeles will be on heightened alert for street racing and other reckless driving behaviors. The increased enforcement is likely due to several recent tragic accidents involving suspected street racing. Earlier this month in Los Angeles' Pico Rivera neighborhood, two people were killed and two others injured in a multiple-vehicle crash. The driver of a Ford Fusion veered into oncoming traffic and collided with two pickup trucks at high speed. It is suspected that the Ford Fusion was racing another vehicle at the time. The two deceased individuals were in the Ford, which was split in half by the crash. Investigators are looking for the driver of the other vehicle. If identified, this individual will likely face criminal charges.
Another horrific accident occurred this month in Mead Valley, located in Riverside County. Two young brothers, ages 6 and 8, were killed in a head on collision when the car which they were riding in was struck by a vehicle that was street racing. According to California Highway Patrol investigators, a blue Honda Accord and a black Nissan Altima are suspected of racing on Oakwood Avenue east from Brown Street, with the Honda traveling on the wrong side of the road. The Honda driver was arrested and will face vehicular manslaughter charges. Even if the driver was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, at a minimum he will face two felony charges of Penal Code Section 192(c)(1), which carry a maximum of 6 years state prison for each count. If the investigation reveals the driver to also have been DUI, he will face gross vehicular manslaughter charges under Penal Code Section 191.5, which carry a maximum of 10 years in state prison per count, and possibly Watson murder charges if he has a prior DUI conviction.
These are only a couple recent examples of tragic events which have occurred due to illegal street racing. Many times drugs or alcohol are involved. It is best advised to everyone not to engage in this type of driving behavior. Prosecutors will be seeking maximum penalties for anyone suspected of engaging in speed racing or other dangerous driving. If you are DUI and drive recklessly the consequences could be even worse. If you are reading this and it is too late, e.g. you already have been arrested and charged for conduct arising from illegal street racing, CONTACT our office today.