Fast cars and drag racing are appealing to many people across the nation. Many people limit their interest in this dangerous activity to movies, television shows and video games. However, some people allow their interest in street racing to take a dangerous turn by taking part in a real race. These races are illegal in many places across the United States, including in Florida, and a race gone wrong can potentially result in serious personal injury or even death.
A crash involving pedestrians and racing vehicles recently resulted in the death of a mother and the severe injury of her very young daughter. The mother and child were attempting to cross a street when they were struck by a vehicle racing through the area. Although there was no crosswalk, authorities say that the two were attempting to cross the street lawfully. Witnesses familiar with the area say that the speed limit might be around 40 miles per hour, but few vehicles are seen driving that quickly.
After the crash occurred, the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrians, as well as the driver of the other vehicle involved in the race, stopped and waited for the authorities to arrive. One of the vehicles also carried a second passenger. The mother died as a result of her injuries, and the child was in reported to be in critical condition after being taken to the hospital. Both drivers were charged with street racing vehicular homicide and reckless driving resulting in bodily injury. The passenger was also charged because not only is it illegal to engage in street racing in Florida, but it is also illegal to knowingly ride as a passenger in a vehicle engaging in a race or other similar activities.
Car racing is glorified on television and in video games, and many people may believe that it could be harmless or even fun to participate in a race. Unfortunately, these races are rarely harmless, and any exhilaration that the drivers may feel is quickly lost to other emotions. Florida residents who have suffered a personal injury as a result of one of these crashes could benefit from speaking with an attorney about compensation. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, property damages or funeral costs.
Source: wtsp.com, “Street racing believed to have killed mother, injured baby in stroller on Bayshore“, Eric Glasser, May 23, 2018