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San Diego County woman killed in 'speed contest'

March 30, 2009 | 12:39 pm

The California Highway Patrol today is searching for the driver of a white late-model BMW suspected of being in a “speed contest” in San Diego County with the driver of a Jaguar, leading to a crash that killed a woman.

Alexandria Drake, 25, of Chula Vista was killed in the crash on two-lane State Route 67 near Ramona in northeastern San Diego County.

The northbound Jaguar lost control and struck several southbound vehicles, including Drake’s 2002 Volvo, the CHP said.

The driver, Melvin Pearless, 47, of Ranchita will face charges including vehicular manslaughter, the CHP said.

     After being hit by the Jaguar, Drake’s car careened off the road, striking a tree. Drake was pronounced dead at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. Her 1-month-old son riding with her was uninjured.

-- Tony Perry