A deadly accident in San Diego over the weekend offers proof once again of how dangerous street racing can be.
The 27-year-old driver of a silver C5 Corvette lost his life instantly when he crashed into a palm tree while apparently racing a black Mercedes which fled the scene.
The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday in Mission Bay as the two cars were racing at speeds estimated at 80 to 100 mph westbound on SeaWorld Drive near Friars Road, police said.
The identity of the Corvette driver has not been released. His passenger was rushed to a local trauma unit with serious injuries.
“The problem with street racing is this,” Sgt. Kerry Mensior of the San Diego Police Department Traffic Division said. “It’s not just the people themselves that are in danger – it’s all of the innocent people. If I take my family out to the beach, I don’t want to have to worry about their safety because somebody loses control of a car. In this particular case, had he not hit the tree, he would have gone into very heavy oncoming traffic and it would have been a true tragedy.”
Police say that while the two cars apparently did not make contact during the race, they believe the Mercedes driver slowed down and saw what happened before fleeing the scene. Investigators want to talk to the Mercedes driver or his passenger about what they consider to be a hit-and-run incident and are asking them to call 619-531-2000.
The California Highway Patrol prompted a Sig Alert for SeaWorld Drive between Friars Road and South Shores Road. SeaWorld Drive opened again by 11 p.m. last night.