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Innocent driver killed, 8 cars damaged in South Los Angeles crash; street racing likely cause

One person was killed and five others were injured in a road crash involving nine vehicles in South L.A. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

May 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Street racing may be to blame for a fiery crash that killed an innocent driver and damaged at least eight cars in South Los Angeles.

The crash happened in the 200 block of W. Manchester Avenue near Broadway Tuesday night.

That innocent bystander was identified as Jose Cuevas. Investigators say Cuevas' Saturn was struck by a silver Pontiac, resulting in the fiery crash.

The driver of the Pontiac, who police say was involved in a street race, survived the crash and managed to flee the scene.

Investigators say the Pontiac was racing a Dodge Charger, which was traveling against traffic on Broadway.

Almost at the same time as the crash involving the Pontiac and Saturn, the Dodge slammed into another vehicle - a pickup truck. The drivers of the Dodge and pickup truck were transported to an area hospital. Police say they are questioning the driver of the Dodge.

In all, a total of eight cars and one bicyclist were involved in the two collisions. A third victim was also transported to the hospital, but how that person was hurt or the extent of his or her injuries remain unknown.

Meantime, investigators are searching for the driver of the Pontiac as well as two other passengers who were reportedly seen fleeing from the Dodge. If you have any information about this case, you're urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division at (323) 421-2577.