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Alcohol, Street Racing May Be To Blame In Crash That Killed Riverside Man, 18

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RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Authorities Sunday were investigating the circumstances surrounding a crash that claimed the life of a 18-year-old man in Riverside.

The collision on Mitchell Avenue at Norwood occurred about 1:22 a.m.

Ruben Terriquez was killed in the crash of the 1994 Ford Mustang driven by the allegedly drunken racer: Jesus Gamez. Both men were identified as Riverside residents, Gamez is also 18.

According to Riverside Police Sgt. Dan Reeves, witness statements indicated that the Mustang and a silver sedan were street racing when the Mustang ran a stop light, lost control and crashed into a parked car.

The silver car reportedly left the scene after the crash, police said.

“Both occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle by Riverside Fire Department personnel,” Reeves said. “They were transported to Riverside  Community Hospital for treatment and the passenger succumbed to his injuries during treatment.”

Anyone with more information is asked to contact Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 826-8723.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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