Racing Suspected in fatal U.S. 27 crash in Broward

December 10, 2010

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Florida Highway patrol is investigating whether illegal street racing was the cause of a car accident that left three teenagers dead and four others injured yesterday morning. Reports state that around 12:30 a.m., an Acura Integra and Honda Civic were standing side by side in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27, when the driver of a Freightliner truck was unable to stop and ran into them crushing both cars.

19-year-old Illeana E. Mira and 15 year-old-Darion Ledesma, who were riding in the back of the Integra were pronounced dead at the scene. 19-year-old Anthony Perez, who was also in the Integra was taken to North Broward Medical Center where he died early this morning. The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Angel Lazo remains in critical condition. The two teens in the civic were also critically injured. The question remains as to why the truck driver could not see the 2 vehicles sitting in the middle of the road, or bring his truck to a safe stop prior to the impact.

The Broward County car accident occurred in an area of U.S. 27 where police shut down a street-racing gathering just last week. Investigators are trying to decipher whether the incidents are connected. Although illegal racing has happened sporadically in Broward County, it is more prevalent in Miami-Dade. A new law went into effect on October 1,2010 in honor of a teenager who was riding his bike when he was killed by a street racer who was going 50-70 mph in a 35-mph zone. This new law makes racers with repeat offences face bigger fines and a possible four-year driver’s licence revocation.

According to the NHTSA, the probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows higher with the speed of impact, nearly doubling for every 10 mph over 50 mph’s. Additionally, there are approximately 135 deaths each year related to street racing with 51 out of every 100 people suffering injuries.

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