Passenger killed in high-speed street race crash
CHULA VISTA – One passenger died during a high-speed street race in Chula Vista early Saturday morning, after one of the drivers lost control, spun out and sheared off two trees in a center divide before coming to rest on a sidewalk on the opposite side of the street, according to police.
The crash happened on East H Street near the intersection with Corral Canyon Road at about 12:30 a.m., Chula Vista Police said.
Both vehicles were racing westbound at more than 100 mph, when one of the vehicles failed to negotiate a slight curve in the road and spun out of control, according to witnesses who were riding in one of the vehicles.
That out-of-control vehicle traveled over the center median, struck two mature magnolia trees in the median, broke the trees in half and continued into opposing lanes of traffic, crossing all lanes and coming to rest on the sidewalk of eastbound East H Street, police said.
The second vehicle in the race immediately stopped to help the three people in the crashed vehicle. The driver and front-seat passenger did not require medical attention, but the rear passenger was treated by paramedics and declared dead at the scene, police said.
The driver of the crashed vehicle was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, street racing and vehicular manslaughter. The driver of the second vehicle was arrested at the scene for suspicion of drunk driving and street racing.
Traffic on H Street was closed into the late morning while the Chula Vista Police traffic division investigated the crash. Anyone with information regarding the incident was asked to call investigators at (619) 691-5151.