SAN JOSE (KRON) — A suspected street race claimed the life of a woman Monday afternoon after two drivers lost control of their cars and careened toward an East San Jose sidewalk where the victim was struck and killed, authorities said.
The San Jose Fire Department received a call at 12:10 p.m. about a collision on Yerba Buena Road near Edenwood Drive.
Police say that a BMW sedan and Nissan Altima were “driving at a high rate of speed” along westbound Yerba Buena Road. Investigators believe the two drivers were possibly racing.
“Both vehicles collided with a guard rail and then ran up onto the sidewalk,” said San Jose Police Department Sgt. Heather Randol. “One vehicle struck a pedestrian who was on the sidewalk on the north side of the street on Yerba Buena Road.”
The victim was pinned against a tree, where she suffered fatal injuries, Randol said. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Both drivers remained on the scene. They were arrested and booked on vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving causing great bodily injury charges.
The drivers have been identified as Gabriel Bacerra, 19, and Manuel Maldonado-Avalos, 24.
The victim’s name has not been released pending confirmation of identity and notification of next of kin, police said.
Today’s fatal collision marks the San Jose’s fourth traffic death involving a pedestrian this year.
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