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STREET RACING KILLS

CAR RACE - CAR CHASE - CLOSED CASE

From a parent in Florida: "My daughter, Emily Ranyak , 18 years old, honor IB student was killed in a street racing crash April 02, 05 in Central Florida. Imagine, the driver of the car was famous Marco Andretti's best friend. The Homicide report spoke very clearly, two dead teenagers and a family of four who were airlifted to the local hospital and two others very seriously injured. No Charges filed against the other Racer.... Our lives have been shattered by the sudden and violent death of our precious daughter. Racing culture of Central Florida; Wake up!!! Speed Kills and we are loosing our most precious gifts of life for the thrill of nothing more than Roman Paganism."

How would you feel if those you loved were in the car above?  Imagine children, laughing and playing at one moment and splattered apart the next, their breath gone.  American Graffiti no more. The rite of passage most of us have grown up on has come to an end.   Drivers not intelligent enough to confine their activity to a completely desolate area, fueled by numerous recent movies about street racing and a rapid increase in deaths associated with street racing, primarily innocent families caught by kids racing.  Sorry everyone, but It has to stop now.   New law, you race or run and you lose your car.  90 days the first time, permanently the next time plus license suspension. Like I said, it has to stop and this is the way to do it fast.  I am posting just one article in our local paper that happened in the past few days as a first comment. The racer died in this one, but the innocent person was seriously injured and the rest of their life could be impacted by a simple race.  It could be your Mom or Dad or brother or sister or niece or nephew next time.   If you hear of a death or crash of this nature, copy and paste it into my Comment or Question form, a link is provided at the bottom of each page on this site.  Lets see just how many wrecks are occurring like this nation or worldwide.   I would like to see this law in place nationwide within a year which is fast, and hope I can count on each person who agrees with this to either e-mail it to their local news papers editor or local news agency.  I will post articles I hear about or photo/videos here as it develops.  As it is now, if you kill someone during a street race you face "criminally negligent homicide" and time in prison. Just this week a Dallas Cowboy who ran over 3 people (killing 2) at high speed was sent to prison for 7 years, having been given the maximum sentence by the judge.   Because instead of losing just your car you could lose your life in prison.   The big picture requires us to act on this and as effectively as possible.    Deaths from street racing and police chases in major cities is epidemic I believe, we just don't realize it because you only hear about your own community. 

Steve Shep, 1-10-2006


STREET RACING DEATH AND CRITICAL INJURIES IN AMERICA

Street Racing Forever Changes the Island Nation of Tonga - Crash kills 2 members of Tonga royal family

Young woman was racing at 100 mph when she hit SUV

July, 2006

Two royal family members from the tiny South Pacific island nation of Tonga were killed when a teenager racing her car crashed into their sport utility vehicle, authorities said yesterday. Prince Tu'ipelehake, 56, and Princess Kaimana, 46, died Wednesday night, according to Senter Uhilamoelangi, a distant relative and longtime friend of the prince. Uhilamoelangi said the couple had arrived in the area this week to discuss political reforms with members of the region's Tongan community. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault confirmed the deaths. The driver of the red Ford Explorer carrying the two also was killed, the California Highway Patrol said. Edith Delgado, 18, of Redwood City, the driver of the other car, was uninjured and was jailed, authorities said.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - An 18-year-old charged with killing two members of the Tongan royal family and their driver in a high-speed crash pleaded not guilty Friday to vehicular manslaughter.

Edith Delgado was held in lieu of $3 million bail after her arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court on manslaughter and speeding charges.

Delgado, who received her driver’s license in February, was charged with killing Prince Tu’ipelehake, 56, and Princess Kaimana, 46, in the Wednesday night crash on Highway 101 in Menlo Park, about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

Prince and Princess, photographed a few days before being killed

Suspect

 

Teen Killed, Friend Hospitalized After Street Racing Accident  Plano, Texas

Friday, 13 Oct 2006, 4:01 PM CDT

 

Police say the Mitsubishi was racing another car at a high rate of speed.

PLANO  --  A Plano Senior High School student was killed today and another teen injured after their car crashed shortly after they left school for lunch.

Police say the victims were riding in a red 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse that was speeding down Park Boulevard with another car, a black Ford Mustang. It appears one vehicle clipped the other, causing the Mitsubishi to smash sideways into a utility pole.

 

Teen Sentenced in Street Racing Death

The young man whose street race resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl has been sentenced to a term in the Sacramento County Boy's Ranch.

The crash occurred May 1 in South Natomas at San Juan Road and Bridgeford Drive. A red Mustang was cut off by a speeding car, hitting a curb and slamming into a tree. The female passenger in the car was ejected, critically injuring her. She later died in a Sacramento hospital.

The juvenile driver of the car that pulled in front of the Mustang fled the scene, but was later taken into custody. He pleaded guilty to charges of felony vehicular manslaughter.

April 12, 2002, CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Two people died and half a dozen people, including a mother and three children, were injured Wednesday when a street racer lost control of his car, police said.

The accident happened in the 800 block of East H Street at about 11:30 a.m. Witnesses said that a black 1995 Nissan Sentra was racing down the street with a red 1998 Toyota Tacoma truck when the driver of the Nissan lost control.
The car slammed into a van and a pickup that were stopped for a red light, investigators said. Two male teenage passengers in the Nissan were killed, but the driver survived. The two teens killed were Eric Vargas, 18, and Angel Gomez, 19. They were both students at Southwestern College.

 

Street Racing Kills One, Seriously Injures Innocent Victim

IRVING, January 10, 2006 -- Irving police say street racing killed one man and left another injured. The deadly crash happened Monday morning on Belt Line Road in Irving between Valley View Lane and Highway 161. Police say the driver of a red Honda was racing another car, and that's when he lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic, and slammed into a minivan. The crash killed the Honda's driver. The driver of the minivan is in serious condition, but expected to recover. Police say they tracked down the other street racing suspect, who could face a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

 

Former Cowboy's Victim Offers Forgiveness

08:30 AM Tuesday, January 10, 2006 By ROBERT THARP / The Dallas Morning News

Joseph Wood, 21, and Demont Matthews, 23, along with Josef, were trying to free a motorist trapped in a burning car in January 2003 when they were struck with such force by Dallas Cowboy Goodrich's car that the impact knocked their clothes and shoes off of their bodies. According to testimony at his original trial, Goodrich was speeding on Interstate 35E near Walnut Hill Lane about 2 a.m. after an evening at a Dallas topless club. Witnesses said he did not apply his brakes until it was too late as his BMW 745i came upon the vehicle ablaze on the freeway. Witnesses said Goodrich veered onto the freeway shoulder to avoid the wreckage, striking the three men working to free the motorist. Wood and Matthews died from their injuries. Goodrich testified at his trial that he did not stop because he was scared. He said he returned to the scene, but a friend who was riding with him advised him not to stop. Relatives of Wood and Matthews praised the judge's ruling Monday. "I'm thankful that she gave him the maximum she could on this," said Laura Wood, Joseph Wood's mother, after the hearing. "I'm not ready to forgive. ... No matter what your status is, you better think before you do the wrong thing."

 

Street race crash hurts student, 16, Police say she was ejected when the car hit a tree at high speed. Ford Mustang Hit tree at 70 mph, ejecting female passenger and leaving her seat belt fully embedded into the tree.

 

 

Possible Street Race Crash Leaves Two Men Badly Injured

 

10/9/2002  -  A crash Tuesday night in Lodi has left two young men with critical injuries. Police believe it was a case of street racing. 
The crash occurred at 9:55 p.m. in the 200 block of South Ham Lane. Investigators told News10 they have never seen a car as heavily damaged as the white Pontiac Grand Prix that was involved. The car's driver, 18-year old Rafael Leyva of Stockton may not survive.
According to investigating officers, Levya and the driver of another car were racing at speeds of 100 miles an hour. Police said Levya ran a red light, hit a bump in the road and lost control of his car. The car hit a tree and split in half. Debris from the car, including the seats, showered a home on South Ham Lane.
Levya is in extremely critical condition. A passenger in his car, 19-year-old Michael Woolsey, also suffered major injuries, but he is expected to survive.

 

 

Victoria police investigate the scene around the red Nissan that allegedly ran over five pedestrians.

Wed. Jun. 22 2005 7:16 PM ET - Police fear street racing may be to blame for a car crash that left one dead and four injured at a Victoria, British Columbia bus stop.  An out-of-control sports car ran off the road and into five pedestrians on a downtown Victoria sidewalk Tuesday afternoon.  By the time the dust had settled at Pandora Ave. and Cook St., one woman was dead. Another three adults and a toddler were injured.  Witnesses reported another vehicle speeding along side of it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witnesses said two seriously injured in wreck caused by street racing.

Monday, January 9, 2006 - Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

Two people were seriously injured Monday morning in a head-on collision on Belt Line Road in Irving, police said.  Irving police spokesman David Tull said a preliminary investigation indicates that two cars were racing in the northbound lanes of Belt Line between Highway 161 and Valley View Lane shortly before 11 a.m.

The driver of one of the cars lost control, crossed a 20-foot grassy median and collided with a minivan that was traveling in the southbound lanes, Officer Tull said.

The drivers of the minivan and the car that struck it were seriously injured and taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, Officer Tull said.

Police continued to investigate the accident and interview witnesses Monday afternoon. Belt Line Road was closed until the accident could be cleared.

 

Police suspect drag racing caused fatal car accident

11:23 PM CST on Thursday, February 16, 2006  By Jeff Lea, News 4

Witnesses say two cars appeared to be racing down Natural Bridge around 7 p.m. Thursday when one of the vehicles crashed into another car, causing a fatal accident. One driver made it through the intersection at Shreve.

The second driver in a Chevy Camaro slammed into a car that had just turned onto Natural Bridge heading westbound.  The Camaro driver, believed to be in his early 20's, was killed on impact.  In the other car, a woman and another female passenger were injured, but their injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

Police say speeders and drag racers continue to plague the stretch of Natural Bridge where the accident occurred.

One man who witnessed the crash says young drivers are putting others at risk. Natural bridge was shut down for two and a half hours Thursday to clear the accident.  Police said they are trying to track down the second vehicle that may have been drag racing.  Police said the only information available on the second vehicle is that it was dark in color.


Bits and pieces of news about Legislation Like this being put in place

KANSAS: Approve Street Racing Measure
February 15th, 2006 @ 11:27am

A measure to enhance penalties for street racing is making its way through the legislative process on Capitol Hill. It is a bill that ought to be approved.

You may remember a year ago when the Eyewitness News provided a frightening glimpse of street racing in Salt Lake County. Home video showed a street racer's vehicle reaching a speed of 130 miles per hour on 7th East between 3300 and 4700 South.  We learned then that such utter recklessness is not uncommon among those involved. We also learned that the penalty in Utah for street racing is a mere fine - a few hundred dollars - which participants willingly pay, if caught, as the cost of a perverse, death defying thrill. That's hardly a deterrent!  The measure would allow authorities to seize and impound the vehicle of anyone involved racing on public streets. And it would require the Driver License Division to suspend the racer's driver license: 60 days for the first offense, 90 days for the second.  KSL is disappointed the measure doesn't provide for stiffer fines, as well. In Texas, for example, the fine is $2,000.

HAWAII: Council Member Seeks to Impound Street Racing Cars
Feb 13, 2006, 02:57 PM CST

A city council member has come up with a radical new way to deter auto racing on island roads. Councilmember Charles Djou wants police to immediately impound cars involved in street racing. Hawaii raceway park closes next month and racers don t have any options at this point many fear they will take their hot rods to the streets.

Sacramento, California: Street racing continues to be a deadly problem

California appears to have taken the lead in preventing Street Racing and other legal entities can gain knowledge from the success and failures of their efforts...

Friday, February 3, 2006

Street racing -- often dangerous, sometimes deadly, always illegal -- continues despite efforts by police to apply the brakes. Law enforcement officials say there is little they can do to stop spontaneous challenges among drivers eager to race.

A street racing accident Thursday morning on a busy Citrus Heights road killed one driver and critically injured his passenger. Authorities say they hope the arrest of the other driver, who officials said fled the scene, will send a message to other racers.

Jason Antoine Golson, 22, is in Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder for the death of Steve Allen Skattebo, 25, of Rancho Cordova, whom he was racing.

For several years, state and area leaders have tried to crack down on street racing through laws, ordinances and funding.  In 2002, the state Legislature passed a law allowing officers to impound cars used in illegal street racing. This fall, Rancho Cordova city leaders passed an ordinance to allow the arrest of spectators at illegal street races. Sacramento city officials passed a similar ordinance earlier this year.  State grants have allowed for the creation of a multiagency task force to crack down on the illegal sport. From October to the end of December, officers in the DRAGNET unit have issued 550 traffic citations and towed 35 vehicles for illegal street racing violations, said Sgt. Terrell Marshall, Sacramento Police spokesman.  The tickets and tows are preventative measures, authorities said. But they don't always work.  On Friday In Los Angeles, authorities believe an illegal street race led to a car crashing into a clinic, injuring 13 people. In December, Darrell Russell, a former Raiders defensive tackle, and another man were killed in what officials said may have been a street race. In August, Roneel Prasad, 20, was killed in what witnesses said was a street race on Power Inn Road in south Sacramento. A Woodland woman, Kimberly Marie Wheeler, 40, was killed in June in a North Natomas accident. Authorities believe she was struck by street racers.


NO ANGEL HERE AT TIMES  -  114 in a 45 Zone in a new Camaro

When I got my first Camaro in 1997, I wanted to see how fast it would go but wasn't sure when or where would be a good time to check it out.  Now days you can go to a shop and put it on a dyno and pretend your on the nearest NASCAR track topping it out.  At the time I was not aware of that, so we chose the President George W. Bush Tollway at 1:30 in the morning in Plano, Texas, unfortunately.   This new tollway had not officially opened and so it was still posted as a 45 until the official opening a few weeks away.  We were completely sober and decided to try and top it off on this deserted 10 lane tollway before it opened.  We left the light and reached the plateau before a long downhill run of nearly 1.5 miles.  As soon as we passed the rise and began going down hill we were at 100 and quickly got to 125 when down the road off to the side about 50 feet from the roadway, the dome light only of a car came on and even from a couple hundred yards we knew it was the law, the only ones who would have been out on the road.  Despite our caution there was a car on the road, and even though my speed was reduced to 30 as I got within 100 yards of him, the damage was done, we were locked on radar at 114.  And so that is how I got the ticket below.  I was wrong to do it and am glad no one was hurt but my wallet but multiply my behavior potentially by 300 million Americans and we could have a lot of deaths on our hands if this gets any further out of control.  The ticket below was written to me in 1998.

 

COMMENTS - REGISTER YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SUBJECT

Despite my harshness on this page, I am not a Nazi or unable to hear both sides of the story.  I use to race as well, bikes and cars.  So lets do this right.  We may not need more laws - we may just need more tracks available to the public! Let me hear from you:

COMMENTS

If you think that street racing kills and is a leading cause of deaths in cars, please take into thought about the drunk drivers and the drivers that aren't licensed. If you think about it, 2004 had 3,000 deaths from street racing and 42,636 deaths from vehicle incidents. That means that most of it was proven to be from bad drivers. That is throughout the entire USA too. So before you go talking about Street Racing kills. Think about the bad drivers first because I know that Street Racers are the most experienced drivers on road and most cautious. Open roads at midnight is how most of them run so don't make yourself look bad and take the anti-street racing propaganda down and do some research.  BTW: I didn't mean to sound like a jerk or anything just telling the facts.

Dustay, Bemidji MN

Dustay – thanks for writing in and giving me some feedback on this. I know I come across harsh on this page but one day I saw the umpteenth occurrence of a street race gone bad with innocents being killed. 

You didn’t come across as anything but a person trying to share their opinion on this subject and the fact that you wrote is totally positive.  Let me bring up a couple of points you made that I disagree with and I will explain.  First, “because I know that Street Racers are the most experienced drivers on road and most cautious.”  I am 43 and have been racing at quarter mile tracks since I was 18, 1/8 and ¼, here in Texas.  I have raced on the street also.  At one time I felt the vast majority of the street racers I knew ( 1/10 of one percent of everyone in the United States at most that street raced) were safe.  But understand that even if I knew every single street racer in Dallas, Texas, there are still 98% of the street racers I don’t know in the other 2000 cities in this country.  I couldn’t figure out what you meant when you said “Street Racers are the most…”  - did you mean the street racers you know or all street racers in the US?  And again, while I would have agreed with you generally, that most the street racers were generally safe in the US, at very least the ones I personally knew (small percent), after the movies “The Fast and the Furious” and other street racing movies came out, it all changed and suddenly there were more reports, more extreme crashes and more innocent people dying.  The old Smokey and the Bandit movie, It’s a Wonderful, Wonderful World and James Bond movies accelerated the adventures in automobiles in the US but not like Fast and Furious.  The other movies used cars that were typically higher end vehicles, more expensive HP Performance Cars, even the TA in Smokey and the Bandit was pricey in those days.  But with Fast and Furious now anybody with a Honda and a few bucks can jack their car up and be a “street racer.”  Plus, when you are 16 and car with a bunch of other dudes in it pulls up or a hot girl, and she revs the engine to race from the light, a lot of kids fall for that and do it (also fueled further by F and F plus others like it movies) and these are the ones I suspect that are behind most of the crashes.  But where does that leave us, the responsible ones?  Well, we can go as it is without new laws and it could be your family member or loved one that dies because of the idiots who have no ideas what they are doing.  Or, we can put tough laws on the books and you know what that will do.  It will knock the wind out of these people and their wallets, and, it will cause those of us that are responsible to be that much more careful and to go to greater lengths to not get caught and not hurt anyone.  Do you know if you are street racing also and you injure someone you have a felony offense you can go to prison for right now?  And if you kill someone and you are racing you are almost guaranteed a lengthy prison sentence.  So I would rather a kid lose his car for 3 months and lost some serious cash than to see him instead put in prison for 10 years for killing a family of five.  And as you wished, I too hope that my words have not come across harsh but in a way that will help us find some kind of common ground for everyone because I am going to end up having to snort my anti-depressants at this rate.  Just kidding. Oh, and about bad drivers, have you seen my car wreck page.  My car wreck video has one car hit by 2 drunks, another where a girl did a U-turn in the middle of the street totaling one Camaro and then a Cadillac Escalade ran a red light and took nearly the entire left side of my Camaro off.  So I am painfully aware of the bad drivers situation.  My video of my car crashes end with a special message to drunk or impaired drivers, whether they be sleepy or on prescription medication.  You are absolutely right on that.  Street racing related crashes are a very small portion of all crashes.  Only about half of all accidents are actually accidents – the others are sleepy, medicated, distracted drivers who were not doing what they learned in drivers ed.  Anyhow, I have to lay it down for the night.  Would you mind if I reprint your letter on my page either with Anonymous, or your initials, city state, or however you want it.  I believe your thoughts on this are shared by many and the page is starting to get quite a few visitors so it would be helpful if you would be ok with it.  Let me know and otherwise be safe. 

Sincerely,

Steve Shep

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Jacqui's photo before the crashJacqui's photo after the crash
A drunk destroyed her physically.  Bring Jacqui into your community, into your schools and where ever else her solemn story can be told.  It can and will change peoples lives. 

Shift-click the following link:

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Please copy and paste any news articles regarding serious injury or death from racing or police chases in your community in the Comment Form using the link at the bottom of all pages on this site.  Lets see how bad this is nationwide.

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