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Street racing, alcohol blamed for San Bernardino woman's death

March 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Police say street racing and alcohol are likely to blame for the death of an innocent woman on Thursday night in San Bernardino.

Authorities say three cars were racing each other in the 2300 block of Baseline Road when one of the cars tried to go around a vehicle and crashed into an oncoming car at about 10:30 p.m., killing 25-year-old Nuvia Rivera of Rialto.

Cecelia Sorto, the driver who allegedly veered into oncoming traffic, was transported to Loma Linda Medical Center in critical condition. Her 3-year-old son, who was also in the vehicle, is in stable condition.

Police say alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident, and Sorto could face child endangerment charges, as well.

Terry Earl lives just around the corner from the scene of the accident. She said she's not surprised to hear police say someone was probably racing on Baseline Road.

"A lot of people fly up and down, I know they go faster than 35, 45 miles an hour," she said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5664.

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