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Drag Racing Suspected in Fatal Phoenix Crash

Tina Robinson3 years ago

AZ Central is reporting a deadly car crash on Monday afternoon in Phoenix, Arizona. One person was killed and two more injured in the crash that is suspected to have been caused by street racing.

Details of the Fatal Phoenix Crash

Authorities say the accident happened on Monday afternoon on 16th Street and Sunland Avenue in Phoenix. Witnesses said a 1964 or 1965 Chevrolet pickup truck and a Nissan passenger car were weaving in and out of traffic and believed to be drag racing. The vehicles ran a red light when the Nissan lost control and “skidded underneath” a Ford pickup truck.

The driver of the Nissan, described as a man in his late teens or early 20s, was killed in the accident. The driver of the Ford, a man in his 30s, and his 14-year-old daughter were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries.

Police say both surviving victims were saved due to a combination of seat belt use, airbag deployment and the height of the truck from the ground.

Authorities are still seeking the driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck in connection to the accident.

Illegal Drag Racing Statistics

In 2012, USA Today ran a report on illegal drag racing, or street racing, highlighting the dangers of the activity and the challenges in tracking accidents. The report noted that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 153 fatalities in 122 crashes caused by drag racing between 2001 and 2010.

However, the safety agency changed the way it tracked drag racing in 2009 that narrowed the scope of crashes where racing was involved. Under the former, broad definition, there were 1,047 fatalities caused by racing between 2001 and 2008. 

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