Archive | January, 2003

Street Racing Information You Need To Know!

Posted on 06 January 2003 by Ron Cook

Yes – “street racing is illegal”…and deadly! But, do you know the laws and the consequences of street racing…and, that there is a place you can go that is legal? Check out their web site, www.racelegal.com.

If you need community service hours or want to volunteer, please contact the office at (619) 265-8159. You can also e-mail them at info@racelegal.com.

Also, there is a new law that says being a “spectator” at an illegal street race is “illegal”…the fine is $1,000 and you can be arrested and taken to jail!

Illegal Street Racers – Did you Know…
Convicted “first time” offenders for illegal street racing will have their license suspended for six months and face 2 years probation, and two points on your driving record.

Cars cited for illegal street racing will experience an automatic 30 day impound costing approximately $800.00.

Offenders can be fined $1,000.00 and face the possibility of being imprisoned for up to 90 days.

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Recent case decided:

JURY CONVICTS RACERS ON LESSER CHARGES

(05-19-2003) – Two drag racers were convicted Monday of gross vehicular manslaughter for the deaths of two teens in a third car that turned left in front of the competitors, near the end of the quarter-mile run.

George Waller Jr., 32, and Lawrence Calhoun, 29, were acquitted of second-degree murder charges for the Oct. 6 deaths of Shanna Jump and Brian Hanson, both 19.

“I’m relieved. I’m pleased with the result,” said Waller’s attorney, Nelson Brav. “I thought it was an overcharged case. I’m sorry that my client had to go through (this) to establish that.”

But Deputy District Attorney Dan Lamborn did not apologize for charging the defendants with murder – possibly the first time that had been done in such a case in California.

“We’re accepting of the jury’s verdict,” Lamborn told reporters. “We obviously were asking for more. The jury didn’t see it that way.”

Calhoun also was convicted of hit-and-run for leaving the scene after Jump’s car was hit broadside by Waller’s 1968 Plymouth Barracuda on Imperial Avenue, near Viewcrest Drive.

Both defendants were convicted of two counts of reckless driving for causing serious (brain) injury to Hanson’s brother, Michael, and Waller’s passenger, Jason Moore.

Sentencing was set for July 18. Calhoun faces up to 13 years in prison. Waller faces up to eight years behind bars. Both men faced 30 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Prosecutor Blaine Bowman said Waller’s car was going 87 mph as he approached Imperial and Viewcrest about 7 p.m. Waller was going 77 mph when his car hit the Geo Storm on the passenger door, pushing the vehicle more than 200 feet before it came to rest, the prosecutor said.

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