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Men face vehicular homicide charges after street race

Two young Pennsylvania men have been ordered to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges in connection with a 2015 street race that left three young people dead and a teen seriously injured. The two 20-year-olds are said to have been behind the wheels of a Chevrolet Impala and an Acura TL that raced each other at speeds of nearly 100 mph in a Northeast Philadelphia business park on July 29, 2015.

Police used footage captured by security cameras at several businesses located on Sandmeyer Lane to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the fatal car crash. Accident reconstruction specialists say that the Acura was traveling at approximately 97 mph when its driver lost control after striking a curb. The car left skid marks 112 feet long on Sandmeyer Lane and flew almost 60 feet in the air before striking a tree, splitting in half and bursting into flames.

After bringing the fire under control, rescue workers discovered two deceased 17-year-old girls lying on the ground near the shattered Acura. The body of a 20-year-old man was found inside the wrecked car. Another of the car's passengers, a 17-year-old boy, survived the crash, but he suffered multiple broken bones and has difficulty walking and climbing steps more than a year later.

This case shows how a moment of recklessness can have catastrophic consequences. Car accident victims often suffer life-changing injuries, and they are sometimes never able to regain their former mobility or zest for life. While this kind of suffering may sometimes be unavoidable, it is frequently caused by negligent or reckless actions. Personal injury attorneys pursuing compensation for car accident victims may take their long-term prognosis into account when calculating damages, and they could call upon doctors or physical therapists to ensure that the future medical needs of their clients will be seen to.

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