19-year-old Carlos Hernandez was sentenced to one year in county jail and five years probation for his role in a street race that sadly killed two. On January 29, 2015, Hernandez and 18-year-old Elexis Garcia were street racing on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington when a chain-reaction crash occurred. Hernandez was driving a pickup truck and swerved ahead of Garcia’s vehicle, which cut her off and caused her to lose control. Garcia ended up swerving into oncoming traffic. Garcia and her brother were killed in the crash and two other passengers were seriously injured.
Hernandez pleaded no contest to charges of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter. In addition to jail and probation, Hernandez was ordered to participate in activities designed to prevent reckless driving, which includes assisting in a morgue.
Street racing has become more popular in recent years. Just last year, we posted numerous stories about fatal crashes stemming from street racing in Southern California. Authorities believe that street racing is becoming more popular due to films such as Fast and the Furious and video games such as Need for Speed. Racers are using social media to get the word out and it is attracting more and more thrill seekers. However, street racing has consequences beyond the risk of serious injury and death. Basically what it gets a person is jail time, car impounded, fines, drivers license possibly revoked, increase in insurance rates (insurance policy does not cover these types of crashes by the way), and sometimes loss of loved ones.
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