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Second Fatal Street Racing Accident In A Month

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Another teenage street racing death.

Two illegally street racing vehicles collided last Friday night about 9:15 p.m. killing an 18-year-old Fontana woman passenger, according to Fontana police as reported by the Press Enterprise.

Monica Molina was a passenger in a Nissan being driven by Juan Barajas, 19. Barajas was racing Jose Alcantar, 23 who was driving a black Ford. The were racing westbound on Foothill Blvd., east of Sultana, when the vehicles collided and overturned. The crash caused Molina to be ejected from Barajas’ Nissan. She was rushed to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

In February a 14-year-old boy died when a car packed with eight teenagers slammed into a pole during another Inland area street race. The 16-year-old driver of that vehicle is the first person in Riverside County to be charged under a new California law that toughens penalties for street racers.

The new vehicle code section that went into effect January 1st permits prosecutors to file a felony charge against a driver who injures someone in a street race. The charge carries a maximum three-year prison term for a conviction.

Teenagers, even those involved with street racing, know to wear their seat belts. I wonder if Molina’s death was contributed to by a faulty restraint system. I have seen a number of cases of seat belted people being ejected from vehicles during an automobile accident due to seat belt failure of some type. I hope whomever the lawyer is representing Monica Molina’s family knows enough to check for a failure of the seat belt system as well as other auto defect issues.