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Street Racing Crash Ends in Fatalities, Serious Injuries

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

California residents familiar with street racing might not be surprised to learn about how much trouble it causes in Commerce as those who live and work near the intersection of Telegraph Road and South Malt Avenue say racing has been a big problem in the area for years. The latest example of this was a racing crash that took place at about 1 a.m. on Nov. 14 involving three vehicles that resulted in three fatalities. The three people killed were spectators of the street race.

The three people who died were all males ages 15, 27 and 29, and two others were reportedly in critical condition after the accident and transported to a hospital. The crash reportedly took place because one of the racers hit a vehicle that was doing donuts. One worker said that her co-worker saw the accident while on his break and that he tried to help those who were killed but could not, and another person familiar with the area recorded footage of a Nov. 13 race that happened hours before the fatal accident.

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department made a report that stated that around more than 100 vehicles were at the race, and a deputy said that the vehicles scattered when they patrolled the area but later returned. Some people have suggested deterring racers by using a traffic light or speed bumps.

Street racing is the kind of negligent behavior that could make a driver responsible for a crash where someone suffers an injury. Those hurt by car accidents caused by someone else could file for compensation to pay for medical expenses and time off from work. In this case, a deputy noted the skid marks from the accident. Things like skid marks, video footage and witness statements are all used as evidence in similar cases, and a lawyer might be able to help an injured victim file a claim.