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Too fast, too furious moment claims the lives of three

As long as there have been cars people have been fascinated by the idea of pushing them to new speeds and new extremes. In the past few decades, society has seen a rise in the number of people interested in car racing. With more and more people becoming interested, pockets of people have even resorted to illegal street-racing in order to satiate their love for the sport.

Though people in New Jersey and around the world know it can often times be deadly, the practice has only become more popular over the years with Hollywood promoting movies, such as the Fast and Furious franchise, that seem to glorify the practice.

But for victims involved in illegal street-racing accidents, there is nothing glamorous about it. Often times, survivors are left to face hefty penalties if convicted.

In a recent case out of North Carolina, a 47-year-old has pled guilty to three counts of involuntary manslaughter after a particularly tragic street race late this August. According to testimony, the 47-year-old was racing against a 23-year-old man at high speeds when one of the vehicles slammed into another vehicle carrying a 45-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter. The two were killed almost instantly. The 13-year-old passenger of the man was also killed.

Though street racing is illegal in many states, hundreds of people die wrongful deaths every year from these fatal car accidents. Many concerned citizens have pointed out that these drivers are not only putting their lives in danger but others too. Many of these races take place on city streets where there are often times other drivers or even pedestrians that, in a split second, may find themselves victims of a horrific accident.

Source: USA Today, "Illegal drag racing still deadly practice," Larry Copeland, Sept. 13, 2012

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