Police say illegal street racing was responsible for deadly Otay Mesa crash


SAN DIEGO — Police say a group was illegally street racing in an industrial area just north of the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday morning when a driver lost control and hit a bystander, killing the man.

The collision was reported to police just before 6 a.m. Officers and paramedics arrived, finding the badly injured man on Kerns Street in Otay Mesa, a wide road lined with industrial buildings south of state Route 905.

First responders gave the man CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene, a San Diego Police Department watch commander said. Officers say he had been a bystander watching two other men race from the sidewalk when the driver lost control and hit him.

Video from OnScene.TV showed the modified car had also collided with a hydrant or some other water source, which was spraying across the road. A crumpled motorcycle and downed street sign were lying beside the wrecked car, which was up on the grass by the street’s sidewalk. It wasn’t clear if the motorcycle had belonged to the victim.

In the hours after the crash, police interviewed more than a half-dozen people who had stayed in the area. There were trucks parked on the street with trailers carrying modified cars, some adorned with stickers for street racing groups or car companies. Through the open door of the vehicle that crashed, a nitrous oxide tank was visible.

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