Street racing blamed for fatal crash near SeaWorld

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SAN DIEGO - Street racing is to blame for a fatal collision near SeaWorld Sunday, authorities said.

The driver of a Corvette was racing a Mercedes down SeaWorld Drive at 5:10 p.m. before losing control and crashing into a palm tree in the median, San Diego police said.

Witnesses said the vehicles were racing as fast as 80 to 100 mph.

Authorities said the driver died at the scene and a female passenger was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

SeaWorld Drive between Friars Road and South Shores Road was closed at 6 p.m. and was reopened later Sunday night, police said.

The people involved in the street racing crash were not identified.

Police said there's been an increase in street racing throughout the city of San Diego in the past two years.

“The problem with street racing is it’s not just the people themselves that are in danger its all of the innocent people,” SDPD Sgt. Kerry Mensior said. “If I take my family out to the beach i don’t want to have to worry about their safety because somebody loses control of a car.  In this case he had not hit the tree he would have gone into very heavy oncoming traffic and it would have been a true tragedy.”

4 comments

  • Michael Brown

    So if one person dies it is not a “TRUE TRAGEDY” SDPD Sgt. Kerry Mensior!!!!! That was my brother sir. He was a son, friend and light to many. Sounds like you have solved the case too…Bravo to our efficient, compassionate and educated SDPD police Sgt. Mensior during our families time of grief….

  • Felix A Rocha

    Hello,
    My name is Felix and I was the person at the other side of the road I was driving my little honda I saw the corvette flying, and loss control, I told my wife this car is going to crash on us. If the cars did not hit the palm it will go directly to us, because I was the next car after the palm. The guy sadly die instantly, even after I ran to help them it was nothing to do. This was a very irresponsible driver, thank you God that nothing happened to us. The lady got lucky because nothing happened to her.

  • Jobu

    Clearly an idiot…Seaworld Drive is the worst street he could have picked to do an idiot thing like that. Darwin is a bitch!

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