Authorities believe that a multi-vehicle car accident that killed a woman and injured six others in the Los Angeles area recently was caused by a street race that got out of control. Street racing is extremely risky and puts innocent bystanders at risk, so stories like this one, while tragic, are not surprising.

KCBS-TV reports that the fatal accident occurred just after midnight one night in late May in South Gate. Police believe that a man was racing his car when he ran a red light and collided with a vehicle in the intersection. The racing car then crashed into a third vehicle on the other side of the street.

A 24-year-old Los Angeles woman was driving the second vehicle. She was declared dead at the hospital. The driver of the third car, a 50-year-old woman was seriously injured and two teenagers in her car suffered minor injuries. The suspect was also injured, as were his passengers, but none of them seriously.

After being treated at the hospital, the suspect was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and street racing.

Street racing usually involves a total disregard for public safety and traffic rules. It takes public streets that are being used by people in their cars, motorcycles, bicycles or public transportation and turns them into a race course. When cars are driving at high speeds late at night and going against traffic lights, a dangerous collision may be inevitable. In those cases, the driver who was racing would likely be liable for the medical bills and lost wages of his or her victims.

Source: KCBS-TV, “1 Dead, 6 Injured In 3-Car Crash Following Street Racing,” May 26, 2013