Innocent woman killed in crash caused by alleged drag racing

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PHOENIX - Two people are dead and two seriously injured after an alleged drag race leads to multi-vehicle crash.

The accident happened Saturday evening around 9 p.m. at the intersection near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road.

According to Phoenix police witness statements indicate a white Honda Civic was racing an unidentified black four door car north on 43rd Avenue.

The victim's Nissan Sentra was traveling south on 43rd Avenue and just before impact was making a left turn onto McDowell Road when they were struck on the passenger's side by the suspect's Honda Civic.

A 33-year-old Hispanic female was driving the Nissan Sentra and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The 50-year-old female pasenger was killed. She has not yet been identified pending family notification.

The driver of the Honda Civic, Julio Rodriguez, 18, died as a result of his injuries in the crash. The passenger, a 22-year-old male, suffered serious injuries.

Phoenix police have not been able to locate the black vehicle involved in what they believe to be a drag race. A witness told police the black car may have stopped nearby to watch the crash and aftermath before continuing on 43rd Avenue.

If anyone has any information about his vehicle or the occupants please call Phoenix police or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

The invetigation into the deadly accident continues, but police believe speed and impairment are both possible factors in the crash.