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Too Fast, Too Fatal

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While speeding was definitely a factor in a four-vehicle crash on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, CA, police believe it may have also been the result of illegal street racing.

The driver of a 2015 Ford Mustang was speeding westbound on Ventura when he collided with a 2015 Mercedes, according to LA police. After colliding, the Mustang struck a 2015 Chevy Malibu traveling eastbound. Continuing westbound, the Mustang crashed into a parked 2012 Honda Accord before the Mustang burst into flames. Firefighters used extraction tools in an effort to remove a rear passenger, but all three occupants of the Mustang died. Four people involved in the crash suffered minor to serious injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. Based on witness accounts and evidence collected at the crash site, the Mustang was traveling at “freeway speeds.” The posted speed limit was 40 mph. A video of the crash from a nearby gas station shows two potential motorists who may be key witnesses. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Detectives D. Larkin at 818-644-8115 or Bustos at 818-644-8021. During non-business hours or weekends, calls should be directed to 818-LAPD-24-7.

Ventura Boulevard, like several other wide roads in the San Fernando Valley, has been used for street racing in the past, according to police. Street racing encourages motorists to drive at speeds significantly in excess of those deemed safe for public roadways. Speeding not only shortens time to react, but also increases a driver’s risk of losing control of the vehicle. The force of impact in a crash is magnified because the vehicles are also typically not built to handle a crash at such high speeds. While participating drivers typically travel at speeds close to 100 mph, street racing dangers aren’t just about the speed. Drivers tend to perform dangerous and reckless maneuvers by weaving through traffic and running stop lights to reach the finish line first.

It is not uncommon for street racing to turn deadly, but no one knows for sure how many crashes and deaths are the result of street racing because it is often difficult to distinguish between street racing and reckless driving. Street racing is not only illegal, it is dangerous and a complete disregard for the safety of others. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a negligent driver participating in street racing, you may be eligible for financial compensation to pay for lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and other accident-related expenses. Don’t let reckless drivers get away without paying for their dangerous actions. Contact an experienced attorney.

Mark Bello is the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company.