May 26, 2013

One woman is dead and six others were injured after a street race turned deadly in South Gate. California Highway Patrol says the crash occurred just after midnight.

The 20 year-old driver of the racing vehicle was arrested for several offences including vehicular man slaughter.

Police say that Michael Villabos ran a red light at Alameda while racing a 2003 Acura at Alameda Street and Firestone Boulevard. He crashed his car into a 1997 Honda going northbound. The Honda was driven by a 24 year-old female from Los Angeles. She was rushed to St. Francis Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her name has not yet been released.

The racer also hit a third car going south on Alameda driven by a 50 year-old woman from South Gate. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

She had two passengers, possibly her children when the accident happened. The 15 year-old boy and 16 year-old girl sustained minor injuries.

Villabos also suffered minor injuries and was taken to USC Medical center. He had two passengers with him both male ages 17 and 21 years old. They also sustained minor injuries and were taken to UCLA Harbor Hospital.

There is still no information on the cars Villabos may have been racing with. He was arrested and booked for alleged street racing, reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter. CHP Monica Posada said that alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash.

Anybody who has information on this incident should call CHP’s South L.A. office at (310) 516-3355.

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