JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A young woman is dead and two others are hurt following a multi-vehicle crash, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO).
Police now believe a woman lost her life because of street racing.
Action News Jax told you the deadly crash shut down Edgewood Avenue in both directions between Commonwealth Avenue and West 1st Street around 11:00 a.m. Friday.
In a live press conference, traffic investigators called the crash “completely preventable.”
“I’ve said before in situations like this - these young kids - they think they’re indestructible. Nothing is going to happen to them. Well, nothing happened to them,” said JSO traffic homicide Lt. Rich Buoy.
“Now someone’s mother, someone’s daughter has passed away,” Buoy continued.
Multiple witnesses told traffic homicide investigators that a silver Charger and another vehicle, described as a dark colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Challenger or Charger, were street racing Northbound on Edgewood Ave.
The silver Charger, occupied by young males, collided with a Nissan occupied by two women.
The force from the collision, Buoy said, was so strong the Nissan went airborne, rolling multiple times before hitting a parked vehicle.
The passenger of the Nissan was ejected from the vehicle and was killed. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to JSO.
The driver and passenger of the Dodge Charger both described by police as “young” suffered no-life threatening injuries.
Police say the driver and possible occupants of the other racing vehicle did not stay at the scene following the crash.
Police thanked witnesses who offered critical information.
JSO said this is the 126th death on Jacksonville roads so a far this year.
This is a developing story. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
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