A man, identified as 18-year-old sailor Douglas Hill, lost both his legs in a San Diego car accident on July 5, 2010. 10news reports that the major injury collision was very likely the result of street-racing. California Highway Patrol officials are attempting to locate other vehicles, which they believe were racing Hill’s red Ford Mustang.
The crash occurred when Hill lost control of the car at a San Diego area freeway interchange. Both of Hill’s legs had to be amputated after he was ejected from the vehicle. A passenger, 19-year-old Joshua Songer, was also ejected, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Hill remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Hill has no doubt sustained catastrophic injuries. According to news reports, Hill’s Facebook posts suggest that he may have street-raced before. What a tragedy for this young sailor and his family! They will be in my prayers.
Street Racing Laws and Statistics
Street-racing is illegal under California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) which states; California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were reports of 135 fatal car accidents that involved street racing in 2001, a number that had almost doubled since 2000. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that there were more than 800 citations issued for street racing in 2001. Nationwide, statistics also show that 49 people are injured for every 1,000 people who participate in illegal street racing.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
News reports state that officials are still investigating this incident. I hope the other drivers who may have challenged Hill to a race are apprehended and brought to justice. In such cases the victims’ families would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and help protect their legal rights and best interests.
Do you think local law enforcement officials do a good job of cracking down on street racers?
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