Exclusive video of deadly wreck backs neighbors' concerns about street racing in Pasadena

The video backs up claims of street racing and could become a critical part of a Pasadena probe into a crash that killed a mother
November 19, 2013 8:24:57 PM PST
Exclusive video from a Pasadena neighborhood backs up claims of a street racing problem. And it's a problem that could be behind a crash that killed two people.

The potential tie to racing is being investigated in Friday's crash on Pasadena Boulevard.

This exclusive video is hard to watch. But it's become a critical part of the investigation, and neighbors hope it will shed light on a problem they've been complaining about for so long.

You can hear the roar of an engine, screeching brakes and the impact.

"It sounded like a bomb going off," witness John Bonin said.

Bonin heard the accident Sunday night from his home on Harding Street, and when he came out...

"The police were showing up. I just got out and diverted the traffic down the street to get them out of the way so the ambulances can get through," he said.

Maria Rodriguez, 40, was pinned in her car. The mother-of-five died in the crash. Minutes before, she dropped off her two sons at a friend's house.

"Police won't do anything about this speeding. We can hear it all night long," neighbor Cliff Cheeseman said.

Cheeseman's train-station inspired house faces what neighbors call "deadman's curve," a stretch of Pasadena Boulevard that makes a hard left as it approaches Harding Street.

Neighbors say it creates a blind spot.

"I heard a loud bang. I thought it was a cap of thunder and then the house shook and vibrated," Cheeseman said.

Cheeseman said just four months ago, a driver lost control and crashed into his home causing $40,000 in damages.

"And then he drove off," Cheeseman said.

Cheeseman said the deadman's curve, along with racing, has become a problem and it's only a matter of time before another person faces the same fate.

No arrests have been made in Sunday's crash. The police cheif has been made aware of the neighbor's concerns, and he said he's taking them seriously and will find a solution.

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