Relatives search for answers in fatal street race

first_img [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Although a grainy videotape of the race exists and there are leads in the case, police said they still need more information. “Sadly, the other individual is still driving around,” said City Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired LAPD traffic sergeant. “What we want to do is bring the family closure.” Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Valley Traffic at (818) 364-1930. Street racing has been a concern in the San Fernando Valley for years. The area’s wide streets lure speeders, said Zine, which is why he is pushing for more motorcycle police to patrol the area. But the number of races has dropped since 2003, when the City Council passed an ordinance allowing police to seize and destroy cars involved in races. Still, excessive speeds have been a problem on Vanowen, Sherman Way and Roscoe boulevards. WEST HILLS – Relatives of a teen killed last month in a fatal collision pleaded today for information about the street race that led to the crash. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information about the other motorist involved in the race that led to the death of Jonathan McGinnis, 19, of Van Nuys. He was killed at 8:45 p.m. May 16, when he lost control of his 1994 Honda del Sol in the 24000 block of Vanowen Street in West Hills. “I’d just like to ask that person to please come forward,” Crystal McGinnis, the victim’s 23-year-old sister said at a news conference near the crash site. “We just want to know what happened.” A photograph and a poem of McGinnis still remains taped to the streetlight near where he died. Pillar candles sit in clusters at the foot of the post.last_img

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