Man charged with murder in fatal street-racing crash

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two were driving south side-by-side just north of Gallatin Road when they came upon a slower-moving vehicle in the right lane, according to authorities. To avoid the slower car, Ramirez pulled onto the right shoulder and accelerated past it, while Paragas passed to the left. Ramirez lost control of his 2005 Mitsubishi Evo while on the shoulder and spun left across the concrete divider and into oncoming traffic. He collided head-on with a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta carrying four people. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. – From staff and wire reports EL MONTE – An 18-year-old was charged Tuesday with murder and other charges in connection with an Oct. 7 fatal street-racing accident in Pico Rivera, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Fitzgerald Paragas is charged with one count of murder with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury; one count of vehicular manslaughter and four counts of reckless driving causing injury – all felonies. He also is charged with misdemeanor street racing. Prosecutors are asking bail be set at $1.1million. Paragas and the victim, Brian Ramirez, who were friends, allegedly were racing their cars on Rosemead Boulevard at speeds reaching 90 mph. last_img

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