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Drag Racing Ends In Death in Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia

April 03, 2017

Atlanta Auto Accident Attorneys Warn Of Potential Danger From Street Racing

Movie classics like Grease romanticized drag racing. The scene is not hard to conjure in the mind's eye. Two cars revving their engines with ear-splitting volume creep up to the starting line. The girl drops her scarf as the cars rip out of the hole. The tires screech as the revolutions per minute skyrocket from zero upwards of 5 or 6 thousand. The car, often souped up, seems to spring to life as it leaps forward. Momentum builds, and the cars slide slightly side to side as they glide down the track in pursuit of glory. As the finish line approaches the intensity of the drivers, and that of their eagerly awaiting fans, increases. There is a sense of danger and thrill in the air.

In the movies, the race is neck and neck until the end. The cars may bump into each other; the protagonist plays dirty. But in the end, good prevails over evil. The hero wins the race and the girl, while the loser pays him eternal respect. In real life, however, drag racing ends in tragedy, and often, it is an innocent bystander and their families who suffer the price for others' thrill seeking behavior.

An illegal street drag race came to a tragic end for one of the racers and an innocent victim recently in Jonesboro, Georgia. The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution reported that two people were killed in a head-on collision when one car, which witnesses say was speeding, lost control and went into oncoming traffic. The car the lost control struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Another vehicle was involved in the speeding event, which is why the Clayton County Sheriff's Office was investigating whether the crash was the result of a drag race. The driver who lost control tragically died at the scene. The innocent victim succumbed to injuries at the hospital.

This recent drag racing fatality is not an isolated event. Earlier in March, a 21-year-old man was arrested and held on $400,000 cash bond after competing in an illegal street race in St. Louis, Missouri. The man lost control of his vehicle and struck a pedestrian, who was killed instantly in the crash. The man then fled the scene of the crash. He reported to police that his car was stolen as a means of evading responsibility for the fatal incident. Law enforcement authorities charged him with involuntary manslaughter.

The real tragedy is that the deaths of the innocent bystanders were preventable. Drag racing is inherently dangerous and should be reserved for drag racing tracks instead of city streets and avenues. The families of those killed may be entitled to file wrongful death actions against the drivers and their fellow competitors. Depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case, others might be responsible for the deaths of these victims in addition to those who were operating the cars involved in the fatal collision.

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