A young man died today of injuries he suffered in a high-speed crash during an illegal street race in Commerce, and two other men involved in the accident were hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said.
The three men were ejected from an Acura Integra when it struck a palm tree in the 5500 block of East Washington Boulevard around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“It was a street racing incident”, said sheriff’s Lt. Paul Hardy.
Isaac Garcia, 19, of Maywood died about 12:20 a.m. at a hospital, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. It was not immediately known if he was the driver or a passenger in the Acura.
The two survivors are hospitalized with serious injuries.
Witnesses told a videographer at the scene they believe the vehicles were racing at 90 miles per hour when the accident occurred. The second vehicle in the race left the scene, they said.
Hardy said the damage to the crashed vehicle was extensive. “It’s pretty catastrophic”, Hardy said.