Street Racing Crash Kills 17-year-old in Riverside

A street crash claimed the life of one 17-year-old girl and left another person hospitalized. 

The crash occurred on Sunday evening, August 15th in Riverside, California. 

According to reports, the teenage girl was in a 2003 Ford Mustang racing against another person in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The two drivers were racing on Magnolia Avenue near Jones Avenue. 

Police say that the Camaro turned in front of the Mustang, causing her to lose control and crash into a tree.  

The driver of the Camaro reportedly fled the scene shortly after stopping following the crash. 

Along with the driver, another 17-year-old passenger of the Mustang was transported to the hospital. The passenger sustained moderate injuries whereas the driver ended up dying as a result of her injuries. 

Neither of the three people involved have been identified. 

It is currently unclear whether or not drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

According to statistics, the majority of those who have lost their lives in California street racing were young and male. In addition, over 50% were under the age of 21 and about 47% were drivers. 

Since COVID-19, the US has seen a surge in Illegal street racing. The consequences of illegal street racing include:

  • Fines can be up to $1,000 on top of jail time
  • Your license can be revoked 
  • It can result in your car being impounded 
  • Your car insurance can be cancelled or your rates can be dramatically increased
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