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Street racing may have triggered Oxnard crash that injured 6 year old

May 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Street racing may be to blame for a car crash that injured several people, including a 6-year-old girl, in Oxnard on Friday.

Police said a Ford Mustang was likely racing another car moments before blowing through a stop sign at Latigo and Maulhardt avenues and colliding with an SUV carrying a family of five.

The force of the impact caused the SUV to flip over, trapping the passengers inside.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the 35-year-old father, wife, two teenage boys and daughter from the SUV.

"We determined through the investigation that the Mustang failed to stop for the stop sign because it was in a race with another vehicle at the time," Oxnard police Cmdr. Ron Whitney said.

The driver of the Mustang and his 23-year-old passenger were taken to Ventura County Medical Center with broken bones.

The family was transported to the hospital with serious to life-threatening injuries. The girl is in critical but stable condition.

Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.

No one was charged with any crime.