The success of the Fast and the Furious franchise has brought street racing into pop culture, but street racing continues to be illegal in California. In an incident that claimed the life of a family man, it is possible that street racing and DUI came together, as CBS Los Angeles reports.
Police are investigating the possibility that street racing was a factor in a deadly crash that claimed the life of 34-year-old Tarek Hamed. Police say that one of the vehicles involved in the crash was traveling at a high rate of speed and there is little doubt that drugs and or alcohol were factors.
Hamed was making a left turn into his apartment complex in the 1500 block of W. Ball Road around 3:15 a.m.
Early investigation reveals that the driver of a Nissan Maxima, 18-year-old Jorge Martinez was traveling at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his vehicle and plowed into Hamed’s Toyota Camry.
Hamed was pronounced dead at the scene.
Martinez was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving without a license.
A passenger in Martinez’s vehicle, a 17-year-old female, was taken to the hospital by ambulance in stable condition.
Authorities say that Hamed is survived by his wife, who is pregnant and their four-year-old daughter. They were home at the time of the crash.
Hamed had only been living in the United States for 10 months.
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