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The Columbus Dispatch
Four people killed when car crashes during race on I-71
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Jill Riepenhoff
Dispatch Staff Reporter


A two-car race on I-71 in southern Delaware County turned deadly yesterday when one of the cars lost control, slammed into an embankment and burst into flames.

The crash killed the car's four occupants, all of whom appeared to be in their 20s.

Motorists who saw the two cars chasing each other southbound at speeds topping 100 mph rushed to help.

Grabbing fire extinguishers from their vehicles and shouting at other passers-by to do the same, the motorists battled a raging blaze until firefighters arrived.

Hailed as heroes by one Columbus police officer, the motorists could not prevent the carnage, however.

Last night, police were trying to identify the victims.

The other car involved in the race never stopped. Witnesses could offer police only a vague description: a dark-colored car with tinted windows.

"This is total, absolute destruction,'' police spokesman Sgt. Earl Smith said after he surveyed the wreckage along southbound I-71 just south of Polaris Parkway. "There's no excuse for this.''

Shortly before 4 p.m., one of the two cars lost control in the far left lane of the freshly paved freeway.

The car skidded about 400 feet across three southbound lanes of traffic, ripping away 10 yards of guardrail as it went off the right side of the road.

The car flipped, ejecting two victims into the dense brush of an embankment and trapping two others underneath.

Three victims died at the scene.

The fourth, an unidentified man tossed about 10 yards from the wreckage, died later at Riverside Methodist Hospitals.

Detective Mark Rice, an accident-reconstruction specialist, could not determine the gender of the three who died at the scene.

Rice picked through the charred remains of clothing yesterday in search of driver's licenses or other identification.

"We might have to use dental records,'' he said.

Because of the intense fire, investigators had difficulty even figuring out the make of the car. After he examined the hubcaps, Rice said he thought the car was an Infinity.

Amid the debris of spent fire extinguishers, twisted metal and scorched clothing, Rice started putting together what happened.

He knows the car was speeding excessively in the 65-mph zone.

"We're looking at triple-figure miles per hour,'' he said, based on the length of the skid marks and other factors.

The crash snarled traffic for hours on I-71, I-270 and Polaris Parkway.

On northbound I-71, motorists slowed to view the wreckage. One motorist looking across the median rammed into the rear end of another car. No injuries were reported.

The fatal crash incensed police.

"These kind of people are really dangerous to everyone. It's an outrage,'' Smith said. "People think they're safe in their vehicles. It's baloney. This is really a serious situation.'






Be smart, please!
 

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Jimmy said:
What infinity comes with hubcaps:confused:
The Rice and the Ridiculious. :eek:
The Slow and the Retarded. :eek:
 

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that reall aint racing when ur chasing each othere thats just stupid any real racer know only to race till top of 3rd cause after theat it aint gonna be easy to slow down. this is just another cause for cops to harass us real racers while idiots in stock cars think they're vin disel in F&F and get killed being stupid and why the hell would u race with 4 people in ur car!? just stupid
 

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yea really, if i am going to race i keep it to 10-15 over the limit then shut down. all my racing consists of is hard acceleration, sure its still dangerous but triple digits is DUMB. what do you expect that fast?
 
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I saw 2 kids going the other night... prelude and a hyundai of some flavor, accent I think (not much of a race really). I pulled up behind em at the light... the driver of the hyundai got distracted and looked back because I had my system cranked just as the light turned green. Dumb ass. The prelude lit it up and was gone. The hyundai made an effort, but I think his hamster under that hood was distracted as well. The prelude turns off and at the next light the hyundai kid was hanging out his window, looking back, waiting for me to pull up. But I was watching the lights and know the area... so I just kept going and the light turned green as I was passing him. I think he was a bit pissed at it all, cause he hung back doing about 30. Stupid thing is.... they're right around in an area where a pizza delivery driver got killed by guys racing shortly after F&F came out. Dumb-asses.

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Weird, cuz I know exactly where that is... :(

With all that happened last week, you would think people would be thinking twice about doing stupid shit like this. I for one have become more tolerant and less agressive (read: less annoying to other drivers) now that life has been put in perspective like this.
 
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Thinking back... I wished I'd have pulled up next to the dumb-ass and asked him... "Gee don't you think enough people have died this week, stop driving like a dumbass".

Driving to work last tuesday morning was so strange. Everybody... and I mean EVERYBODY was doing 55-60 on the freeway (normal is 65-85), just going a a straight line. No changing lanes except to exit, just driving in a total daze. Unfortunaly people are back to driving like dumbasses.

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Dementia said:
Driving to work last tuesday morning was so strange. Everybody... and I mean EVERYBODY was doing 55-60 on the freeway (normal is 65-85), just going a a straight line. No changing lanes except to exit, just driving in a total daze. Unfortunaly people are back to driving like dumbasses.

Demmy
that was weird for AZ...too bad their driving is back to normal...
 
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