A 49-year-old man and his dog were killed in the Los Angeles County community of San Marino when he was struck by a car. The driver is suspected of engaging in a street race at the time of the crash.
The man, who lived in San Gabriel, California, and his girlfriend were walking the dog mid-morning when two cars were speeding down Huntington Drive, near Kenilworth Avenue, police said.
The two cars collided and one went out of control and hit the man and the dog in the center median. The man was dead at the scene of the crash.
The woman, who was the victim's girlfriend of 15 years, was walking behind him and heard a loud noise. When she looked up, she said what was described as a cloud of dirt and grass, and she saw her boyfriend lying in the street, police told television station KTLA. She was not injured.
The man taught English as a Second Language at a local community college.
Witnesses told police they saw two cars – a blue Toyota and a white Mercedes-Benz – racing before the crash. Two boys, both 17, were arrested following the collision on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
"It could have been prevented," one of the man's friends told the television station at a makeshift memorial. "It's a tragedy that didn't have to happen."
She is right about that. This was a tragedy that didn't have to happen. This man's survivors deserve answers that will come through the criminal proceedings, but they also should consult an attorney about recouping their losses, starting with the man's premature final expenses.