While it may be entertaining, street racing can put not only the drivers in danger but also surrounding drivers and onlookers. An alleged street racing incident is believed to be the cause of death for an Upland man in San Bernardino over the weekend.
KTLA in Los Angeles reports that the fatal accident happened in the southbound lanes of Mount Vernon Avenue north of Rialto Avenue at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25th.
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San Bernardino Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Jeff Harvey said in a statement that the driver of a Nissan Maxima was traveling at high speed at the time of the crash. “Rodriguez lost control of his vehicle as it approached Rialto Avenue and veered into the east curb where it struck a signal pole,” Harvey said in the statement. “The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was critically injured.”
Paramedics arrived at the accident site and declared the single occupant dead at the scene.
Officials have identified the victim as 34-year-old Michael Anthony Rodriguez of Upland, California.
Eyewitnesses to the incident said Rodriguez was involved in a street race with an unidentified dark-colored vehicle. The driver also remains unknown.
The accident is still currently under investigation. According to Sgt. Harvey, it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol may have also been a contributing factor in the fatal crash.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is being asked to contact Sgt Harvey or Detective Dan Acosta with the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5792.