(CNS) Street racing at speeds of around 100 mph was to blame in a two-car crash that injured one person in Woodland Hills, police said today. The crash, in the 5800 block of De Soto Avenue, happened at around 11:30p.m. Thursday, according to Officer Robert Carter of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
A white Nissan 250Z convertible and a black Scion sedan were speeding southbound on De Soto when they collided, sending each car skidding for hundreds of feet, a police investigator told a news photographer at the scene. The Nissan struck a pole, and the Scion slammed into a curb, the photographer said.
One person was taken to a hospital after complaining of pain, Carter said. At least one of the drivers admitted to racing the other car and reaching a speed of approximately 100 mph, according to Carter.
This fell on the heels of a previous street racing crash, causing one fatality...
In Pomona, two motorists accused of street racing in West Covina and causing a crash that killed a 90-year-old woman on Christmas night were expected to be arraigned today. Vincent Lopez, 30, and Victor Hugo Sanchez, 34, were charged Thursday with murder and drunken driving.
They were both tentatively expected to appear in court today, although Lopez was still hospitalized on Thursday. The two are accused of taking part in a street race Tuesday night that ended when the vehicle driven by Lopez slammed into a van, killing Cilia La Torre, who was in a wheelchair in the back of the van.
La Torre had just been released from Queen of the Valley Hospital and was sitting in the wheelchair in the van being driven by her son, Jaime Ochoa, police said.
The woman was thrown from the van by the impact of the crash, and pronounced dead at the scene. Ochoa was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was treated for head trauma, authorities said. Police said Lopez and Sanchez were seen street racing on Lark Ellen Avenue in West Covina at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, moments before the crash.
Prior to the crash witnesses reported seeing Lopez and Sanchez run a stop sign at the corner of Lark Ellen and Merced avenues, near the collision site, police said.
Both had been drinking in a bar in the 200 block of South Glendora Avenue about an hour before the crash, detectives said. Following the crash, Lopez was taken to the Queen of the Valley Hospital for treatment of leg injuries. Sanchez was arrested several hours later.
Both men face sentences of life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted.