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Suspected street car racing results in one death, two injuries

Most Arizona drivers are cognizant of the fact that they must share the road with other drivers. Given that driving is a privilege, all drivers have an ongoing obligation to ensure that they are law-abiding and that they observe all existing laws. In a perfect world, all drivers would obey laws, respect rules, follow speed limits and, as a result, car accidents would not occur. Sadly, today's society is not perfect, and despite statutes put in place to prevent car accidents, they routinely happen, which can cause debilitating injuries and even death.

Arizona drivers may find it interesting to learn that according to the Phoenix Police Department, a suspected street car racing incident recently resulted in a two-car accident, which claimed the life of one driver and seriously injured two. Police reports indicate that a Nissan Sentra being driven by a 19-year-old man cut across a median near Southern Avenue and 16th Street and crashed head-on into a truck. The unsuspecting truck involved in the tragic car accident was being driven by a man in his 30s who also had his teenage daughter with him in the vehicle.

Police allege that at the time of the accident, the Nissan and a Chevy pick-truck were street car racing at an excessive speed of 80 MPH in a 40 MPH zone. It is unclear what caused the Nissan to cross the median into oncoming traffic, but the truck that was involved in the crash, which was being driven by the man in his 30s, ended up atop the Nissan. The 19-year-old Nissan driver was killed in the car accident, the father and daughter pair sustained injuries, but the Chevy pick-up driver who was street racing fled the scene of the accident. Authorities are still investigating the accident.

In this particular case, the vehicles involved were allegedly driving at two times the posted speed of 40 mph. Driving at speeds over the posted speed limit is against the law, and when determining negligence, a court of law will look at several factors, including evidence of excessive speed. A negligent driver may be held responsible for injuries another driver has sustained and an injured party may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.

Source: KTVK, "Possible street race leads to fatal crash," Steve Ryan, April 14, 2014

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