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Racing may have caused fatal hit-and-run

August 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a driver who may have been street racing before being involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident in Athens.The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday at the corner of South Normandie and West 106th Street.

Witnesses said two cars were racing when one of the vehicles, a Chevy Tahoe, smashed into another car, killing the driver.

The victim is described as a woman in her 50s.

The Tahoe burst flames but witnesses ran to scene and helped the driver out of the vehicle and onto the curb. However, moments later two other men arrived at scene and carried the injured driver away before emergency crews arrived.

Deputies suspect the men who helped the driver were in the other car that was racing with him. Deputies are searching for the drivers of both vehicles.

Investigators describe the driver of the Tahoe as black male who may have burns to his lower body.

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