Fatal Chula Vista Street Race may have been DUI

Driving a car at any speed generally requires your full and, hopefully, sober attention. Racecar drivers are typically highly trained and sober when they drive. Street racing while under the influence can lead to tragedy. A high-speed crash in Chula Vista ended with one person dead and the driver of the vehicle accused of DUI and street racing.

22-year-old Sergio Issai Ramirez of Inglewood was killed in the crash that occurred Saturday, October 8 at around 12:30 a.m. The crash was located on East H Street and Corral Canyon Road.

The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) said that Ramirez was a passenger in one of two vehicles that had been racing westbound on East H Street. Both cars were traveling at speeds of more than 100 m.p.h. preceding the crash, based on witness statements from those inside the vehicles.

A slight curve in the roadway turned out to be all it took for one of the drivers to lose control of their vehicle. The vehicle crossed over the median and hit two magnolia trees. The impact was forceful enough to sever the trees in half. Afterward, the car drifted into opposite lanes of traffic and came to rest at a sidewalk.

The driver of the second car stopped and attempted to assist the people inside the wreckage.

Police confirmed that the driver of the wrecked car and another passenger were not injured. Ramirez had not been wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car that crashed was arrested for street racing, DUI, and manslaughter. The driver of the second car was also arrested on suspicion of DUI.

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