An illegal street race between two brothers in San Bernardino, CA on Wednesday night lead to the death of one of the drivers, and injuries to others who were uninvolved in the race.
It’s the third such death in Southern California this year, according to the Los Angeles Times, and it seems like this is the aspect of car and racing culture we just can’t get away from.
“The brothers were racing west on the open, straight mile-long stretch of Highland Avenue about 10 p.m. when the pace of competition quickly changed.
One of the brothers lost control of his 1992 Mitsubishi GT 3000, causing it to slide or spin head-on into a Toyota Corolla traveling east, said Lt. Rich Lawhead, spokesman for the San Bernardino Police Department.” – via LA Times
The driver, Mark Anthony Jimenez, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into another car, killing himself and injuring those in the other vehicle.
We, as members of the racing and enthusiast communities, keep talking about these tragedies, and yet they still keep happening. Is it because we’re glorifying these activities through our media and entertainment? Is it because the legal options available to those who want to push the throttle to the limit are unwelcoming, inaccessible? Is it simply that the immediate thrill of the race eradicates the more sensible internal advice that tells you to stop? We all know that legally sanctioned drag racing can also be dangerous, but the risk to innocent bystanders is far, far less.
A recent sting operation lead to the arrest of 44 individuals two weeks ago as officials crack down hard on these events. But such concentrated efforts require the buy in and cooperation of members of the general public, as well as the racing and enthusiast communities.
We here at the Burnout don’t know if there are any immediate answers, other than please to take the racing to a sanctioned track, and our thoughts go out to all of the families of those involved who are grieving these terrible losses and injuries.