Street racing has been a popular past time in America since the invention of the automobile. It may have increased in popularity lately due to movie franchises like the “Fast and the Furious.” While there are no exact figures on how many accidents are attributable to street racing, it is known that while drivers are often killed in these high-speed races. The majority of those killed or injured in incidents are more than likely passengers, uninvolved drivers, and spectators.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution report on a fatal wreck where one of the drivers may have been racing prior to the accident.
31-year-old James Wheeler of Acworth and 35-year-old Douglas “Patrick” Duff of Mableton were killed in a Sunday accident.
The crash occurred as both men were traveling west on Bates Drive in Mableton in a Toyota Yaris. Wheeler was driving and made a left hand turn onto Floyd Road and entered the path of a 2006 Infiniti G35. Both men were transported to WellStar Cobb Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. The driver of the Infiniti, 19-year-old George Cambi of Austell and his passenger were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the same hospital.
A spokesman for the Cobb County Police department said that witnesses reported that the driver of the Infiniti was racing another vehicle in the moments before the accident.
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