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Long Beach street race ends with three deaths


Long_Beach_Crash Three Long Beach residents were killed early Sunday when a car that had been racing down Ocean Boulevard smashed into a concrete sign, police said.

The driver of a Mustang was racing the driver of a Taurus eastbound on Ocean just after midnight when the two cars collided; the Mustang spun out of control and crashed into a concrete sign in the median, Long Beach police said. Three passengers were thrown from the car and two, a 32-year-old woman and another unidentified female, were pronounced dead at the scene. A 19-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

The driver, an 18-year-old man, also was pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of the Taurus, both 17-year-old boys, didn't suffer major injuries and fled the scene on foot. The Long Beach residents were arrested later for fleeing the scene of an accident, and the car was found to be stolen, police said. The driver did not have a license.

Anyone with information can call the Long Beach police accident investigations at (562) 570-7355.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

Photo: A view of the crash scene. Credit: KTLA

 
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Nobody won this race. Too bad they let their hormones dictate stupidity. My condolences to the families. Thier the ones really hurt by this.

Drag racing down Ocean Blvd is an EVERY NIGHT event. I live right on the Pike and I'm so sick of trying to sleep with the constant roaring, tire squealing races, while LBPD apparently is having an "office day"!

Do something about it, LBPD!

Sad event last night in my neighborhood. The hideous granite sign has now been named, "The Rock that Kills." Maybe we can now get it removed. I wonder if the wrongdoers would have survived if they hit a palm tree rather than the granite sign.

So the people involved in a street race were either hurt, killed, or arrested? Sounds like natural selection at work.

These young people have successfully removed themselves from the gene pool.

It's just fortunate that innocent spectators were not killed or injured. Why can't these "death-defying" events be held where only the participants and their fellow thrill-seekers are involved? Long Beach, speak up!

What was a 32 year-old woman doing in a car with an 18 year-old male driver and a bunch of other teenagers drag racing at midnight?

what would a mustang have to prove against a taurus anyways? shouldnt have even happened

If it's really true that these stupid and dangerous races occur every night, then why the hell are the cops not patrolling that part of Long Beach between midnight and 2 am or so?

At least no innocent bystanders were hurt...

"The Long Beach residents were arrested later for fleeing the scene of an accident, and the car was found to be stolen, police said. The driver did not have a license."

Mom - "But they are good boys, and want to study computers!"

you people make me sick how dare you speak ill of the ones that passed away one of these women left 5 children behind i do not think she was a willing participant in that race just another person who did not have a choice in a moving car with a person that did not consider the consequences of his/her actions

First of all, why are car manufacturers' allowing for cars to drive past 75 mph. You're telling me you wouldn't be tempted to max out the speed in your car?
To me, it seems the only people to blame are the car manufacturers' marketing fast cars to young teens. There needs to be more regulations on these corporations but it seems futile since they practically run the government.

I think all the people talkig about the manufacurers as being evil and marketig fast cars to dumb tees ad that cars shouldnt go over 75 mph what are you thinking????? Auto tuning is a life style its a passion for some people going over 100 is an incredible feeling if you ever expirience it ad hearig the roar of a egie ad seeig the moey you put into your car go faster tha another person's thats called living life the american way, by kicking ass and if all you old people dot understand it you shouldnt speak


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