Tragedy as 11-year-old girl killed in 'street race' crash

Yahoo News Staff
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An illegal street race is being blamed for a crash that killed an 11-year-old girl.

The girl was a passenger in a Toyota RAV4 travelling on the US Route 192 in Florida on Friday night (local time) when her car was hit by a Dodge Charger and crashed into the median strip, highway patrol police told Fox 35 Orlando.

The Dodge crashed into a sign while a third car, a Kia Optima, was hit by debris.

A smashed Toyota RAV4 is pictured.
A girl who was a passenger in this Toyota RAV4 has been killed. Source: Florida Highway Patrol

Two women in the Toyota were taken to hospital. One was in a serious condition, the other critical.

Witnesses claim the Kia and the Dodge were involved in a street race prior to the crash.

Florida Highway Patrol tweeted police had “been out in force, for the past year, trying to stop what happened last night”.

“This crash was 100 per cent preventable,” it tweeted.

A smashed Dodge Charger is pictured.
It's alleged this Dodge Charger and another car had been racing before the crash. Source: Fox 35

Lieutenant Kim Montes told Fox 35 Orlando the family was “forever changed”.

“And they did nothing wrong,” she said.

The drivers of the Dodge and Kia, a 19 and 17-year-old, are yet to be charged.

The 19-year-old suffered minor injuries while the other driver was uninjured.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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