Street racing crash leaves driver in critical condition

OKLAHOMA CITY – Emergency crews raced to the scene of a serious accident Monday morning after a street race took a deadly turn.

It happened at Midwest Blvd. and Stanley Draper Rd. just after 1 a.m.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a heavily damaged Camaro lodged deep in the woods about 100 yards off the road.

Police said five different cars were drag racing when one of the drivers lost control speeding around a turn.

The car skidded off the road, rolled several times and landed in the woods.

Twenty-two-year-old Daryl Lorea was partially ejected during the crash and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Unfortunately, police said dangerous and illegal races like this one happen more than you might think.

“It’s gone on ever since automobiles were invented,” Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. “As long as there’s been cars there’s been people who have wanted to race those cars.”

Street racing is a common problem for many cities across the United States.

Oklahoma is a tempting location for many speed demons because of the long stretches of road around the state with very light traffic flow.

“It’s an unfortunate fact that we continue to see illegal racing going on,” Knight said. “We certainly encourage people not to do that.”

So far no arrests have been made but the twisted metal and shattered glass are a glaring reminder of how dangerous illegal racing can become in an instant.

“We do our best to put a stop to it whenever we see it and can do something about it.” Knight said.

Lorea remains in critical condition.

The case is still under investigation.