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Suspected street-racing accident kills 1, injures 5

One woman was killed and two people suffered critical injuries in a Nov. 12 accident in Southern California. According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, street racing led to the five-vehicle wreck in Paramount. Law enforcement officials detained one individual in connection with the accident, reportedly.

The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Orange Avenue, authorities said. Allegedly, two Chevrolet pickup trucks were racing in the northbound lanes when one truck collided with a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck at the Somerset Boulevard intersection. The two vehicles locked together and spun out of control, striking other vehicles in the area and eventually coming to a stop in the southbound lanes of Orange Avenue.

A 70-year-old passenger in the Ford pickup truck suffered injuries causing death, reportedly. Emergency personnel had taken her to a hospital, where she died. In total, five people suffered injuries in the crash. According to authorities, two of the injured individuals were in critical condition following the accident.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck involved in the crash attempted to flee from the scene, allegedly, Officials said that the driver entered a nearby store and hid. However, police located and detained the individual. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, investigators did not locate the second Chevrolet pickup truck nor its driver immediately following the incident.

If street racing did in fact contribute to this traffic accident, it is possible that the drivers involved in the race could be held responsible for the wreck both criminally and in civil court. The high speeds typically involved in street-racing accidents are conducive to catastrophic if not fatal injuries in the event of an accident. Victims in such an accident have the right to speak with an attorney and may seek to hold the at-fault drivers liable for the incident via civil action. In this way, victims of car accidents may receive financial compensation for the damages they suffered.

Source: KTLA, "One Dead, Two Critical After Apparent Street Racing Crash in Paramount", Kennedy Ryan and Eric Spillman , November 13, 2014

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