** UPDATE 1/11/2012 **
Fox News reports the teen believed to be racing Colin at the time of the accident has been arrested.
** UPDATE 11/30/2012 **
The person who passed away has been identified as sixteen year old Colin Taylor Stone. He was driving home from Cistercian High School swim practice when the accident occurred. Friends and family can share memories at a special Facebook page.
** ORIGINAL POST **
An illegal street race has left one dead and several hospitalized.
9 pm last night two drivers were racing along Northwest Highway at speeds nearing 100 miles per hour. A single puddle in the road near Shady Brook was enough for one of the speeding cars to lose control. The BMW jumped a median and struck four other vehicles before catching on fire. One person in the BMW, believed to be the driver, was dead at the scene. Of the four vehicles the vehicle hit, one driver was unable to regain control before another collision with a fifth vehicle.
One woman was trapped in the wreckage of her vehicle and had to be rescued by the fire department. By the end there were at least five damaged vehicles, one deceased individual, at least one seriously injured and others at local hospitals.
The car the BMW was racing fled the scene. It was so badly damaged by the crash that the police have been unable to obtain an accurate description.
As police continue trying to piece together what happened, illegal racing is the only explanation they have been able to offer so far that can make sense of this tragedy.
Movies like Fast Five or online sites where illegal street racers remind each other to “race smart and always be safe” might fool teens into thinking that there is a way to race illegally without hurting others, but as this accident and countless others like it prove: there is no way to do so smart or safe. At speeds like 100 miles per hour, the slightest mistake can prove fatal.