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Street Racing Accident in Wilmington Leaves 2 Teenagers Dead


Two vehicles collided during a street race in Wilmington Thursday, leaving two teenagers dead.

The accident happened about 3:15 p.m. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, two vehicles were racing westbound on Pacific Coast Highway, near Island Ave. One of the cars, a Honda Civic, carried four Banning High School students: driver 18-year-old Elexis Garcia, her 17-year-old brother Eli Garcia, and two females in the back seat. Lexi Garcia was reportedly driving her boyfriend's car. She lost control of the vehicle and slammed into oncoming traffic, where it hit a white ride-share van, driven by a female. The other vehicle involved in the street race, a dark-colored pickup truck, took off.

Lexi Garcia and Eli Garcia were pronounced dead at the scene. One of the car's passengers underwent surgery at a local hospital. The other Honda Civic passenger was treated and released. The dirver of the van was hospitalized for her injuries.

The location of the crash was about three blocks from Banning High School, which gets out at 3 p.m.

If you or a loved has suffered injury or death as the result of a street racing accident, a car accident lawyer at McGee, Lerer & Associates, a Long Beach personal injury law firm, can provide a free consultation.

Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer are a husband and wife team of accident attorneys with over 40 years of combined experience. We have represented many victims of street racing accidents, and families of victims. Because of the speeds involved, serious injury or death are all too often the consequence of an illegal street race.