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One Man Dead In High Speed Street Racing Crash

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(FOX 11 / CNS) A young man died today of injuries he suffered in a high-speed crash during an illegal street race in Commerce, and two other men involved in the accident were hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said.

The three men were ejected from an Acura Integra when it struck a palm tree in the 5500 block of East Washington Boulevard around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"It was a street racing incident,'' said sheriff's Lt. Paul Hardy. Isaac Garcia, 19, of Maywood died about 12:20 a.m. at a hospital, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. It was not immediately known if he was the driver or a passenger in the Acura.

Witnesses told a videographer at the scene they believe the vehicles were racing at 90 miles per hour when the accident occurred. The second vehicle in the race left the scene, they said.

Hardy said the damage to the crashed vehicle was extensive. "It's pretty catastrophic,'' Hardy said.

From Gigi Graciette:


That's how one Los Angeles County Sheriff's lieutenant described the crash.

The tragic end to what witnesses told police appeared to be a street race down Washington Blvd in the City of Commerce late Thursday night.

Speeding at an estimated 90 miles per hour, the race ended when the driver of a blue Acura integra lost control, cut across all lanes of oncoming traffic and crashed into a palm tree.

The impact so great, the car split in half with one teenager ejected. 19 year old Isaac Garcia of Maywood died two hours later at a hospital.

Meanwhile, firefighters had to use the jaws of life to remove the other two men from what was left of the car. They were hospitalized with serious injuries.

As for the second car in the race, police say it just kept on going. The driver never stopping to help.

Detectives hope that between witness accounts and possible security camera footage, they'll be able to identify that car and ultimately its driver, who could be facing serious charges.

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