Hawthorne police on Friday arrested a suspected street racer in connection with a crash that killed a 35-year-old man.
Alfredo Perez Davila, 23, was driving a silver Chevrolet Cobalt just before 1 p.m. on Friday when he began racing a red Chevrolet Camaro northbound in the 13100 block of Crenshaw Boulevard, the Hawthorne Police Department said.
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During the race, Davila lost control of the Cobalt and swerved across several lanes of traffic before striking the center median and becoming airborne into southbound lanes of traffic, police said.
The Cobalt slammed into a Honda CRV driving southbound.
“The catastrophic force of the collision resulted in the total destruction of the Honda and the instantaneous death of its driver and sole occupant, a 35-year-old male,” Hawthorne police said in a statement.
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Video from nearby businesses showed the Cobalt rolling over the top of the Honda before coming to rest in the street, authorities said.
Davila was treated after complaints of pain on the scene and booked on suspicion of murder.
Police are still looking for the driver of the red Camaro, who fled northbound on Crenshaw, authorities said.
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“There are places to legally race,” the police department said on Facebook. “The streets where all our families drive is not one of them!”
Police are asking members of the public who might have information regarding the driver of the Camaro to call 310-349-2708.
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