STREET RACING KILLS
CAR RACE - CAR CHASE - CLOSED CASE
From a parent in Florida: "My daughter, Emily Ranyak , 18 years old, honor IB student was killed in a street racing crash April 02, 05 in Central Florida. Imagine, the driver of the car was famous Marco Andretti's best friend. The Homicide report spoke very clearly, two dead teenagers and a family of four who were airlifted to the local hospital and two others very seriously injured. No Charges filed against the other Racer.... Our lives have been shattered by the sudden and violent death of our precious daughter. Racing culture of Central Florida; Wake up!!! Speed Kills and we are loosing our most precious gifts of life for the thrill of nothing more than Roman Paganism."
How would you feel if those you loved were in the car above? Imagine children, laughing and playing at one moment and splattered apart the next, their breath gone. American Graffiti no more. The rite of passage most of us have grown up on has come to an end. Drivers not intelligent enough to confine their activity to a completely desolate area, fueled by numerous recent movies about street racing and a rapid increase in deaths associated with street racing, primarily innocent families caught by kids racing. Sorry everyone, but It has to stop now. New law, you race or run and you lose your car. 90 days the first time, permanently the next time plus license suspension. Like I said, it has to stop and this is the way to do it fast. I am posting just one article in our local paper that happened in the past few days as a first comment. The racer died in this one, but the innocent person was seriously injured and the rest of their life could be impacted by a simple race. It could be your Mom or Dad or brother or sister or niece or nephew next time. If you hear of a death or crash of this nature, copy and paste it into my Comment or Question form, a link is provided at the bottom of each page on this site. Lets see just how many wrecks are occurring like this nation or worldwide. I would like to see this law in place nationwide within a year which is fast, and hope I can count on each person who agrees with this to either e-mail it to their local news papers editor or local news agency. I will post articles I hear about or photo/videos here as it develops. As it is now, if you kill someone during a street race you face "criminally negligent homicide" and time in prison. Just this week a Dallas Cowboy who ran over 3 people (killing 2) at high speed was sent to prison for 7 years, having been given the maximum sentence by the judge. Because instead of losing just your car you could lose your life in prison. The big picture requires us to act on this and as effectively as possible. Deaths from street racing and police chases in major cities is epidemic I believe, we just don't realize it because you only hear about your own community.
Steele Shepherd, 1-10-2006