Both drivers in deadly street race suspected of DUI
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The passenger who was killed in an illegal street race in Chula Vista was identified as a 22-year-old Inglewood man.
Sergio Isai Ramirez was killed on impact, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The two drivers involved in the 100-mph street race and suspected of drunken driving were arrested — one for alleged vehicular manslaughter — after one of the cars crashed Saturday morning.
The violent crash took place on East H Street near the intersection with Corral Canyon Road at 12:30 a.m., according to Chula Vista police.
Both cars were reportedly racing west at an estimated 100 miles per hour. One of the cars failed to make a curve and the driver lost control.
The out-of-control car went over the center median, hit two trees, breaking them in half, and came to rest on East H Street, police said.
The second driver stopped to help the three people in the crashed car. The driver and front seat passenger were unhurt but paramedics pronounced the backseat passenger dead at the scene.
The person’s age and gender were not released. The victim’s name will be withheld until next of kin is notified.
The driver of the crashed car, Jose Molina Ramirez, 22, was arrested on suspicion of four felonies including gross vehicular manslaughter, two counts of drunken driving involving injury, and reckless driving with injury, according to the jail web site.
He was held on $100,000 bail until his arraignment on Thursday in South Bay Superior Court.
The driver of the other car Nicholas Nesbitt, 22, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving and street racing, according to police.