New York law defines street racing as engaging in a speed contest or race. Exhibitions or contests of speed are punishable under this law. The laws include all forms of street racing: speed racing, drag racing, drifting, or other similar displays or contests of speed. Not only will the drivers be punished, but anyone who was aiding or abetting in the race can also be punished. The first offense is a Class A misdemeanor and has a maximum fine of up to $525 and up to 30 days in jail. Those may not be the only penalties, especially if an accident resulting in property damage or injuries is involved.
NBC New York reports that a drag racer has been sentenced for killing a New Jersey vice principal in a hit and run accident.
Freddie Garcia apologized to the family of his victim, 49-year-old Tyrone Harrison during the sentencing phase of his trial on Wednesday. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
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In May, Garcia pleaded guilty to a number of charges, which included vehicular homicide and causing death while driving with a suspended license. The charges stem from an incident last October as he was drag racing in Piscataway. Garcia lost control of his 2004 Honda Accord and slammed into a sign before striking Harrison.
Garcia allegedly belonged to a car club, the 78 Imports, and was allegedly involved in a drag race. After the crash, Garcia left the scene. His car was not registered or insured. He later falsely reported the vehicle stolen.
Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene. He had worked as an educator in New Brunswick for 17 years.