High speed and alcohol might have been factors in a fatal crash in Upland last Wednesday.
The fatal crash left a car engine in the middle of the road and the rest of the car wrapped around a tree. The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m.
The crash caused the southbound lanes of Euclid between Ninth and Eighth Streets for several hours. The road was closed off to traffic at 7:15 p.m., almost three hours after the crash had occurred. Firefighters were having to use extraction tools to extract the victim from the car.
Upland police say that the driver may have been street racing at the time of the fatal accident. Witnesses told police that they had seen two cars racing each other from Foothill Boulevard.
One of the cars pulled ahead as the other car hit the railroad tracks and lost control. Police were unable to confirm a description of the second vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash passed away. The car had jumped the curb and “center-punched” a tree in front of a Mexican restaurant.
The second vehicle fled the scene.
Officers detected the smell of alcohol in the crashed vehicle, leading them to believe it was a factor in the crash.
No other details were known about the victim.
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