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Old 02-16-2008, 12:41 PM
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Street-race crash kills 7 in crowd

ACCOKEEK, Maryland (AP) -- A car plowed into a crowd that had gathered to watch a street race on a suburban road early Saturday, killing seven people and injuring at least four, police said.


Police examine a car involved in a Maryland drag-racing crash that killed seven bystanders.

Witnesses said they had just watched two cars in the illegal street race speed past when a car without any lights on came up behind them and veered into a crowd of about 50.

"There were just bodies everywhere; it was horrible," said Crystal Gaines, 27, whose father was among the dead.

Gaines said she grabbed her child but could not help her father, William Gaines Sr., 61.

"He wasn't breathing, he wasn't moving," she said. "His body was in pieces."

A white sedan hit people standing on the side of Route 210 around 3:40 a.m., Prince George's County Police Cpl. Clinton Copeland said, but it wasn't clear whether that was one of the cars involved in the race.

A tractor-trailer that came by shortly afterward may also have struck someone on the road as it tried to avoid the crash, he said. "It's probably one of the worst scenes I've seen," Copeland said. "This is a situation that could have been avoided, and it's a very tragic situation."

Four people were taken to hospitals, Copeland said. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

Hours after the accident on the divided highway in Accokeek, bodies covered in white sheets were scattered along what police were calling a 200-yard crime scene. Some were in the road, while others were on the shoulder. Video Watch sheet-covered bodies lying along road

The sedan came to a rest on an embankment about 150 feet from where the crowd had been. It had a crumpled front and hood, and the roof had partially collapsed. Learn about street racing

The driver of the white sedan had been interviewed and did not appear to be seriously hurt, but a passenger was among the dead, Police Capt. Donald Frick said.
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Investigators had "more questions than answers," Copeland said.

Route 210 has two lanes in each direction and traffic lights about every 150 to 200 yards in Accokeek, about 20 miles south of Washington. In that area, the road is flanked by some businesses but has little traffic in the early hours, Copeland said. E-mail to a friend

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Old 02-16-2008, 01:15 PM
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3:40am? Wtf were they doing there at that early time. I've been to street races in the past and the idiots stand right next to the cars taking off, and next to the side of road all the way down the highway. Its unreal how these people think nothing can hurt or kill them. Very sad.
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Old 02-16-2008, 01:21 PM
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tragedy...common sense isn't so common anymore. Wish people would be smart about decisions they choose.
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Old 02-16-2008, 02:26 PM
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3:40am???????????? Man you have to be really nuts to go watch a Street race at that time. I thought teenagers do that kind of crap
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3:40am???????????? Man you have to be really nuts to go watch a Street race at that time. I thought teenagers do that kind of crap

Exackly!!! I just cant imagine some dude 61 years old would be up that late on the road?????

What a waste.............this is why I choose to race at the track.

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Maybe this link should be attached to all of our street racing threads. I'm guilty......never thought about this being the result of my actions. Very sad indeed

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/16/dra...ml#cnnSTCVideo
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Man that is eery.................powerful video there.

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Old 02-16-2008, 04:25 PM
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Street racing is dangerous!!More so, now than ever with the available H.P.and speeds attainable!!
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Not to defend street racing (because it's illegal), but it doesn't sound like it was a street racing accident.

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"Witnesses said they had just watched two cars in the illegal street race speed past when a car without any lights on came up behind them and veered into a crowd of about 50."

It sounds some idiot was following the street race with his lights off. Liberal media has to automatically attribute the accident to the street race. Again, not saying they shouldn't.....just pointing it out.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:52 PM
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Nope, apparently the car that crashed was a bystander or a drunk or both.
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