One dead, three injured when car jumps curb, crashes during street race

- A racing BMW struck a car and jumped a curb, killing a man standing on the sidewalk and injuring three people in the car that it hit, authorities said Monday.

The accident was reported at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Bellflower Boulevard about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, said Downey police Sgt. Perry Miller.

"A black BMW 328i and a gray Hyundai Tiburon were street racing eastbound on Imperial Highway,'' Miller said. "According to witnesses, both vehicles were traveling at speeds close to 100 mph as they approached the
intersection of Bellflower Boulevard.''

That is when a Nissan Altima with three people inside made a left turn in front of the racing cars from westbound Imperial Highway to southbound Bellflower Boulevard, he said. "The Hyundai managed to avoid the Altima and crashed into the center divider, but the BMW struck the Altima before careening out of control and onto
the sidewalk,'' Miller said. The BMW struck and killed a man who was standing on the corner. The three people in the Nissan were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The 20-year-old South Gate man driving the BMW and the 34-year-old Downey man driving the Hyundai were arrested and booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, Miller said.

Neither the names of the suspects nor the man who was killed were immediately released.

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