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Street Racer crashes into health clinic in LA, 6 critcally injured

Old 02-04-06, 07:07 AM
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Street Racer crashes into health clinic in LA, 6 critcally injured

Just saw this on CNN.com. Sounds pretty bad.

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A car racing another vehicle through the streets at up to 90 mph veered out of control and crashed through the front doors of a health clinic Friday, injuring 13 people, six of them critically, authorities said.

Emergency workers rushed to treat the victims in a chaotic scene of gore, screams and shattered glass, with the black Nissan ZX still inside the clinic.

"You just saw bones and blood all over," said Ana Rodriguez, a medical assistant at a clinic across the street.

Dr. Amani Eldessouky, who works across the street, said she saw a woman whose legs had been severed, another woman who lost one leg and a man bleeding profusely from the head. "It was a terrible scene. I wanted to start shaking," Eldessouky said.

Witnesses said the Nissan and a Lincoln Town Car were racing through a South Los Angeles business district when the Lincoln clipped the Nissan, sending it off course, police Lt. Paul Vernon said. The Lincoln drove off.

The driver of the Nissan, Ijumaa Owens, 33, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody and could face reckless driving charges, or vehicular manslaughter if anyone dies, Vernon said. The occupants of the Lincoln were wanted for hit-and-run, he added.

A deputy police chief initially said Owens appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, but Vernon later said that did not appear to be the case.

Owens' mother told KABC-TV in an off-camera interview that her son denied to her that he was racing or driving under the influence.

Ten of the injured, including two children, were taken to hospitals. Two of those victims were released later Friday.

Six victims were in critical condition, said Fire Department Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas.
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Old 02-04-06, 08:04 AM
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Man, Street Racers have really been a huge problem for years here in California and for some reason they've really been in the news lately. I have a feeling this incident may cause yet another Lawmaker/Police crackdown on these kids.
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Old 02-04-06, 08:19 AM
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A Lincoln Towncar racing? A Lincoln Town Car?

More likey it was a mob hit.

Who races a Towncar?

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Who races a Towncar?
Dunno, but I got say...he's a demon on wheels.
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Old 02-04-06, 09:47 AM
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That sick bastard.
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Old 02-04-06, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Derrich
Who races a Towncar?
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen
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Old 02-04-06, 09:56 AM
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God, these stupid racers.
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Old 02-04-06, 10:09 AM
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That sick bastard.
Who do we petition for a title change?
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Old 02-04-06, 10:12 AM
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33 years old and still street racing?
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Old 02-04-06, 10:39 AM
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That sick bastard.
When I first saw the thread, I thought it actually did say "Speed Racer"
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Old 02-04-06, 10:47 AM
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The driver of the Nissan, Ijumaa Owens, 33, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody and could face reckless driving charges, or vehicular manslaughter if anyone dies, Vernon said.
Can't they come up with a more serious charge than that even if nobody does die?
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Old 02-04-06, 10:49 AM
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I don't buy that ridiculous "he was a victim of a hit-and-run" nonsense. Absolutely ridiculous.
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Old 02-04-06, 11:23 AM
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I don't buy that ridiculous "he was a victim of a hit-and-run" nonsense. Absolutely ridiculous.
Agreed. I suppose he thinks people will buy the story that he was innocently cruising along at 90 mph. This is worse than the old man who hit the market in my opinion since there is no geezer factor here.
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Old 02-04-06, 11:27 AM
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Much worse. It's also bad that he was racing during normal business hours (I'm assuming, since there were people in the clinic). Usually these people get into accidents at 2 in the morning.
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Old 02-04-06, 11:37 AM
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Clinic could have been busy late at night too. but street racing is stupid. take it to the track.
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