Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Monday, February 19, 2007
Contact Skip Showalter, Sergeant
Phone (951) 353-7991

Street racing incident leaves four critically injured

Debris litters the ground at the scene of Sunday evening's collisionRiverside, Ca- On Sunday, February 18, 2007, at about 2300 hours, Riverside Police officers responded to a reported crash in the area of Tyler and Eureka. The initial investigation revealed that a 16-year-old minor was driving a Honda Accord with seven other minors in the car; all are from the Riverside area. Witnesses stated the Honda was racing another car at about 100 miles per hour when it lost control and struck a cement light standard. Four of the subjects are in critical condition and two of them are on life support. Three of the passengers left the scene before police arrived.

The driver is a 16-year-old and was booked into Juvenile Hall for a felony violation of illegal street racing. Additional charges may be added pending the condition of the injured persons.

The accident was investigated by the Riverside Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) Anyone with additional information with regard to this incident, please contact Detective Ken Madsen, (951) 353-7989.

UPDATE: One of the crash victims, a 14-year-old Hispanic male, died of his injuries at 7:55 a.m., Monday, February 19, at Riverside Community Hospital.