A driver was seriously injured when he crashed his car while trying to leave the scene of a crash that occurred during an alleged street race near 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Lt. Michael Vieira of Tracy Police Department said the man was driving a white 1967 Chevy 2 Nova west on 11th Street in a street race against a black Ford Mustang at about 5:40 p.m.
Vieira said witnesses saw the two cars speeding down 11th Street toward Corral Hollow Road, where the Chevy hit a Toyota Camry that was stopped in one of the left turn lanes.
The impact sent the Camry past the crosswalk and into the intersection.
The driver of the Chevy then backed up and attempted to drive around the Camry by making a U-turn on a red light to go east on 11th Street.
A Volkswagen Beetle heading east on 11th Street struck the Chevy as it made the turn, sending both cars into Corral Hollow Road.
Witnesses said the driver of the Chevy crawled out of the heavily damaged car and tried to run from the scene but collapsed onto the roadway a short distance from the car, according to Vieira.
Vieira said the driver had a severe head injury and was taken to an area hospital.
Northbound traffic on Corral Hollow Road was stopped at Cypress Drive, and the left turn lanes on 11th Street to southbound Corral Hollow Road were closed.
The police department’s traffic unit was called to the scene to take measurements and investigate the crash.
Vieira said the road could be closed for hours for the investigation and the other roads would be closed at times to allow the officers to safely take measurements.
Broken glass and car parts were strewn across all the northbound lanes of Corral Hollow Road near the 11th Street intersection.
The license plate of the Volkswagen Beetle could be seen embedded into the side of the Chevy from the impact.
The police department’s mobile command post was taken to the crash scene to light the area while officers examined the wreckage.
The drivers of the Camry and Volkswagen were not injured in the crash.
Police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said the Ford Mustang believed to be involved in the street race returned to the scene and the driver was questioned.
Vieira said the driver of the Chevy had not been charged or arrested for street racing before being taken to the hospital.
Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or firstname.lastname@example.org