PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - One person was killed in a street racing crash that closed one side of the State Route 51 in Phoenix for hours Tuesday night, according to the Department of Public Safety.
The crash happened on the northbound side at Shea Boulevard around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
DPS on Wednesday identified the victim as Felix Cardoza, 18, of Buckeye. According to DPS spokesman Raul Garcia, Cardoza was racing another car when his Audi veered off the right side of the freeway. The Audi slammed into a concrete retaining wall and then rolled back onto the roadway. When the car finally came to a stop, it was blocking the HOV lane and the lane next to it under the Shea Boulevard overpass.
Aerial video from the Arizona's Family's News Chopper shows Cardoza's Audi on its roof. It appears the crash was so severe, the car is nearly unrecognizable. Its engine was seen in the lanes next to it.
Garcia said witnesses helped troopers find the second car involved in the race. It was on the northbound off-ramp for Shea Boulevard. There were two people in that car, but investigators have not released their names.