Street racing may be exhilarating in movies and video games. In real life, however, the consequences can be deadly. One apparent example of this occurred back in February 2017 in Palmdale, where a father and her daughter lost their lives.
According to published news reports, the father and daughter tandem were riding in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro heading southbound on 25th Street East in Palmdale. The father, 54-year-old Manuel Paniagua, was driving the car. Her daughter 17 years old Vanessa Paniagua was in the front seat.
How did the crime occur?
The investigation into the car crash was led by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Department. According to initial eyewitness accounts, the car the Paniaguas were riding was one of two cars that were speeding in the streets. It seemed to the witnesses at the scene that the two cars were racing against each other.
According to the initial reports, the Camaro lost control and it hit a traffic pole in a speed fast enough to cause the deaths of the father and daughter. On the other hand, the driver of the other car sped away from the scene of the accident, and they did not even stop to render any sort of assistance to the Paniaguas.
It is possible that the driver may face potential criminal charges, including a charge for being involved in a street race. Another charge may also result from fleeing the scene of the accident.
What are the Consequences to Street Racing?
While the driver of the other car may face criminal charges, it is also entirely possible that the surviving relatives of the other car may also lodge a civil suit of wrongful death against the other driver. Much depends on what the final results of the police will show regarding the accident. However, the case involves several unusual circumstances that could have further lasting criminal consequences into the future.
Here, the other driver engaged may have engaged in illegal behavior, for engaging in a street race and for leaving the scene of the accident. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime. Please make sure to call us at Ozols Law Firm for more information.
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