A street race on San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara, California turned deadly when a Chevy Camaro traveling at least 100 mph swerved off the road to avoid traffic and hit a tree. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the driver was racing a silver Acura, which fled the scene and has not been located. Witnesses told police that the two vehicles were racing when they approached stopped traffic. The Camaro veered right, went up on the sidewalk and became pinned between the tree and the sound wall. The Camaro caught fire, but police said it was the initial impact that killed the driver. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was injured, but the impact of the crash sent debris flying over the sound wall and into neighboring backyards.
The crash is under investigation, and the CHP requests that anyone with information about the Acura — to call 408-467-5400.
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