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Woman killed in possible street racing accident in South L.A.

August 10, 2009 |  9:32 am

A 64-year-old woman was killed in South Los Angeles when a sport utility vehicle believed to be involved in a street race lost control and rammed almost head-on into her car, authorities said.

A search was underway this morning for the SUV driver, who was described as a 40-year-old man. He abandoned his Chevy Tahoe at the scene of the accident Sunday night on Normandie Avenue, south of 106th Street, CHP Officer Krystal Carter said.

Witnesses told investigators the Tahoe and one or two other cars were speeding north on Normandie in what appeared to be a street race when the Tahoe lost control and swerved into the path of a Saturn traveling south on Normandie.

The driver of the Saturn, a woman from Lawndale, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity was not released.

Neighbors who heard the crash rushed to help the Tahoe driver, whose leg was on fire, CHP Officer Travis Ruiz said. The driver later walked away from the scene with another person before authorities arrived, Ruiz said.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact the CHP’s West Los Angeles office at (310) 642-3939.

-- Victoria Kim

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