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Driver in Orlando street racing crash charged

Racing cars might seem fun when you watch it on TV, but when people try it for real on public streets, it can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. A street racing crash in Orlando recently left two pedestrians severely injured. A driver involved in the crash, who tried to get away, is now facing serious charges for his role in the incident.

The 22-year-old man, a car enthusiast who apparently posted galleries of photos of customized Mitsubishi and Honda vehicles on a social media page, was reportedly racing on Heintzelman Boulevard over the weekend when he crashed into at least five other vehicles. Two pedestrians in the area were hurt critically and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

The driver apparently jumped in another vehicle and fled the scene of the crash. However, police later caught up with him and he admitted to his involvement in the crash.

A judge suspended his license, and he was held on $2,750 bond after being charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, reckless driving and racing on highways. If he posts bond, he will be monitored with a GPS device and placed on home confinement.

The area where the incident occurred is a known racing spot, and is apparently patrolled routinely by the police. The driver who caused this crash has a history of offenses, including citations for speeding, excessively loud vehicle radio and seat belt violations. He has apparently completed defensive driving courses at least three times.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Judge suspends license of man charged in serious street racing crash,” Amy Pavuk, Aug. 20, 2012

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