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Santa Monica man dies in apparent car race

February 12, 2011 |  3:28 pm

A 23-year-old man died early Saturday morning in an apparent illegal car race along Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, according to police.

The incident occurred at 3 a.m. in the 2000 block of Wilshire Boulevard. The driver who died, a Santa Monica resident, lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree, police said.

Officers located the other vehicle later in the morning; it was unoccupied.  The investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Chris Dawson at (310) 458-8954 or Sgt. Jeff Wiles at (310) 458-8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

Those who wish to remain anonymous, can call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com.

-- Monte Morin