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San Francisco Fatal Car Accident Caused by Street Racing


Alyson Snow, 20, was killed in a San Francisco car accident after her car was hit by a driver who officials say was involved in a street race. The fatal car accident occurred the night of October 22, 2009 on a San Jose road when Manual Pourmand and Joseph Inocencio were racing each other. One of the men apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into Snow, pushing her car into a tree. Snow died moments after the collision. Police say the suspects did not even know each other and only made contact at a street intersection when one challenged another to a speed contest.

I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Alyson Snow, who was apparently a popular cheerleader at Leland High School where she graduated in 2007. It is heartbreaking to think that she was an innocent bystander who was tragically killed as a result of two of these individuals’ reckless and dangerous behavior. This is a tragic and senseless death. Please keep Snow’s grieving family members and friends in your prayers.

Car Accidents in San Jose

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 45 deaths and 3,989 injuries involving car accidents in San Jose. In Santa Clara County as a whole, 88 fatalities and 7,301 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.

In California, racing on a public street or a highway is illegal. 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. For purposes of this section, an event in which the time to cover a prescribed route of more than 20 miles is measured, but where the vehicle does not exceed the speed limits, is not a speed contest.”

Street Racing is a Menace

Apparently, street racing is all too common in South San Jose, especially in areas with flat stretches of rural roads. Although there has been some enforcement, Snow’s is the fifth death on that street, an eyewitness said. There is no question that the suspects in this case must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and brought to justice. They must be held civilly and criminally responsible for their actions.

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will pursue the wrongdoers and hold them accountable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation to injured victims and their families.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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