For people who like to watch The Fast and The Furious or for those who like playing console games such as Grand Theft Auto, it might seem like illegal street racing is exciting and maybe even a little bit glamorous. What these films and games don’t show is just how dangerous the street racing game can be to both drivers and those who are watching on the sidelines. According to Insurify, California ranks third in the U.S. for the number of street racing violations. In California in 2019, there were 22 street racing citations issued for every 100,000 drivers on the road. A total of 91 people were killed in street racing incidents that same year.
The Orange County Register reports that a man and woman were injured in a crash due to a street racing incident between a car and truck in Santa Ana on Sunday, April 19th.
According to a statement issued by the Santa Ana Police Department, the two vehicles were racing along Warner Avenue when the crash occurred near the intersection of Warner and Raitt Street at approximately 12:08 p.m.
Emergency crews from the Orange County Fire Department responded to the scene of the collision involving the blue sedan and the white pickup truck, initially believing that the crash was a head-on collision. Further investigation revealed that the two vehicles had been traveling in the same direction.
Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, with the Santa Ana Police, said that officials confirmed that the drivers of the sedan and the pickup truck had been racing in the area before both drivers lost control. The pickup truck slammed into a tree while the car crashed into a wall.
Officials say that a woman was ejected from one of the vehicles and suffered serious injuries in the crash. The male driver in the other vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The man and woman were transported to an area hospital for treatment. No further information has been released at this time.