What should have been a fun night out ended in tragedy when an Acura crashed. The accident occurred on Sandmeyer Lane a road that serves as an offshoot of Red Lion Road. It’s also a road that has attracted speed crazed drivers from all sections of the state in an attempt to find likeminded drivers to race. The skid mark emblazoned asphalt serves as a permanent memory of previous street races.
California drivers who participate in these illegal races do so because they love the competition and the adrenaline rush they experience as they race one another. Few realize how quickly these events can turn deadly.
In July, 2015, a black Acura bearing 5 passengers raced down the road. Authorities report that the car was traveling at speeds of 75 m.p.h. when the driver lost control while navigating a sharp turn in the road and struck a tree. The Acura was sliced in half. The driver and one passenger were injured, the remaining three passengers died as a result of their injuries.
Although he wouldn’t formally label the incident as an illegal street race, Accident Investigation Division representative, Capt. John Wilczynski, admitted that witnesses reported a second car that wasn’t identified was traveling in close proximity and at a high rate of speed with the Acura in the moments leading up to the crash.
The three passengers who didn’t survive the accident were reported dead at the scene of the accident. Two were 17-year-old girls who were thrown from the car when it struck the tree. The third, a 20-year-old man was trapped in the back seat.
The fourth passenger was a 17-year-old male who the emergency response team found on the road. His injuries included severe pelvic injuries, severe head injuries, and severe femur injuries. The twenty-year-old driver was rushed to Einstein Medical Center to have his own severe injuries treated. Wilczynski reported that the driver had been cooperative when questioned by the police.
Two individuals who spend a great deal of time on or around Sandmeyer Lane report that teenagers and young adults seem to think that they’re in the middle of their own Fast and Furious production whenever they’re on the road and are constantly speeding by at unreasonable and highly unsafe speeds.
This isn’t the first fatality in the area. In 2013, a women and her children were killed while on Roosevelt Boulevard by a driver who was a willing participant in a street race.
Following that fatal accident, the State Senator proposed a bill that encouraged the use of speed enforcement cameras to monitor traffic and quickly identify speeding and drag racing drivers. Although it was a good idea, the bill failed.
Drew Warren, managing partner of a top personal injury firm in California, feels that until legal actions are taken, Sandmeyer Lane and the surrounding areas will continue to attract speeding drivers behave recklessly. “This terrible accident is a perfect example of how reckless many drivers are today. If legal actions aren’t taken, more lives will continue to be lost in such a pointless fashion. If the lawmakers and legislators are unable or unwilling to pass laws that would discourage such behavior, it’s up to the lawyers and the loved ones of those killed in reckless driving accidents to pursue the matter in civil court.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in California, car accident attorney can help. Seek legal counsel to find out if you might be eligible for compensation.