BMW driver killed as car 'disintegrates' in horrific 'street race' crash

·News Reporter
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A BMW driver has died and five other people have been injured in a suspected street racing crash.

The man, 28, was behind the wheel of a BMW M3 travelling alongside a Mini Cooper in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Reseda on Monday about 8.05pm (local time).

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told KTLA the Mini then crashed into a Kia Optima, which pushed the Kia into an opposing lane and it collided with a Volkswagen Golf.

Firefighters at a crash scene in Reseda, LA.
A man died after crashing a BMW M3 in LA on Monday night. Source: Fox 11

The BMW driver then lost control of his car and also went into the opposing lane crashing into a Chevrolet Silverado.

“The force of the collision between the BMW and the Chevy, caused the Chevy to collide with parked vehicles and the BMW disintegrated, killing the driver,” police said.

A witness told CBS LA the BMW "looked like a pancake".

LAPD Captain Brian Wendling told Fox 11 speed was a factor along with "a complete disregard for public safety".

A smashed Toyota Avalon in Reseda, LA.
One of the other smashed cars from the crash. Source: KCAL 9

Video from the scene shows a number of mangled cars with the BMW completely destroyed. 

The Chevrolet somehow ended up on top of a parked Honda, completely shattering its rear window.

Officer F. Gonzalez told NBC LA it was believed the cars were speeding and five parked cars were also damaged.

He added the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The smashed BMW at the LA scene with a police officer seen in the background.
A wtiness described the BMW as being crushed 'like a pancake'. Source: KTLA5

Cars appeared to be racing at 125km/h

One of the drivers also had to be extricated from their car. Five people were injured with the Mini driver suffering minor injuries.

Police are investigating whether the Mini and BMW were street racing.

Lisa Gilbert, who witnessed the crash, claims the two cars were travelling more than 125km/h.

“They were clearly racing,” she told CBS LA.

No arrests have been made.

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