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Teen charged with involuntary manslaughter in Long Beach street race that killed four people [Updated]

A 17-year-old boy was charged Monday with eight felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a street race in Long Beach that left four people dead, authorities said.

Prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will seek to have him tried as an adult, said spokeswoman Jane Robison. The defendant is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Long Beach on charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter.

The defendant, who was not identified because of his age, was driving a Ford Taurus just after midnight Sunday when he engaged in a street race with the driver of a Ford Mustang in the eastbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard, authorities said.

During the contest, which reportedly reached up to 100 mph, the two cars collided, authorities said. The impact sent the Mustang spinning out of control and into a concrete sign on the roadway median.

Three passengers were thrown from the car and two, a 32-year-old woman and another unidentified female, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, an 18-year-old man, also was pronounced dead at the scene

A 19-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He died Tuesday of his injuries, police said.

[Correction: A previous version of this post said the 19-year-old died Wednesday.]

The defendant and another 17-year-old boy, who were in the Taurus, 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.

-- Andrew Blankstein

 
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The obvious question, of course, is what is a 17 year-old doing out at midnight driving around. Having said that, if he was my son, getting charged with voluntary manslaughter would be the LEAST of his worries! Living long enough to go to court would be his first worry.

Manslaughter?
Sounds like murder to me.
If he had shot a gun randomly into a crowd, and someone died, wouldn't that be murder? Driving 100 mph on a city street is equally reckless.

Who writes this notes? how is it that the accident just happened on Monday, is only Tuesday but the 4th victim died "Wednesday" ?

He died Wednesday? Today is Tuesday. Does he know he's dead yet?


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