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Teenager Dies In Huntington Beach Auto Accident, Police Suspect Street Racing

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A 14-year-old boy died after the car he was a passenger in ran a stop sign and hit a car full of small children, The Orange County Register reports. The teenager who died was identified as Phoenix Nguyen. Thankfully, Devin Miller, his wife and four children who were in the car that Nguyen hit, were unharmed.

The accident occurred when Ty Van Nguyen, 18, of Garden Grove was driving an Acura on Bushard Street when he ran the stop sign on Banning Avenue and hit the Millers’ Cadillac Escalade, police said in a news release. Miller tells the Register that a Huntington Beach police officer told him he suspected street racing, but police have not confirmed that yet. Phoenix’s sister Paulene and two other teenagers, whose names were not released, were also severely injured in the accident, according to the article.

Certainly, the driver of the car Phoenix was in, is responsible civilly for the teenager’s tragic death and any injuries sustained by members of the Miller family, if investigators determine that he did run the stop sign. If Ty Nguyen was indeed street racing, then I would expect the Orange County District Attorney to press vehicular manslaughter charges against the driver. If the accident did occur during a street race the drivers of the other racing vehicles could also be held civilly responsible to Phoenix’s family and the Miller family. These individuals could also face criminal charges.

There are also some reports that the stop sign was not clearly visible at that intersection. Both families would be well advised to hire a personal injury law firm that can delve into the case and conduct an independent investigation to determine who was responsible for the crash and if the city shares the blame for maintaining a dangerous intersection.

There are many lessons for young people here. When you drive, your entire attention needs to be on the road. Watch for traffic signs and don’t get distracted. Save cell phone chat and texting for later. It’s not worth your life or the life of your friend or passenger. And if you want to race, take it to the track.

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  • Rikki

    To above comment by Evo Street Racers: This story, although possibly related to illegal street racing, headlines that someone died in a car accident. How in the world do you find that a great time to advertise? Did you even read the posting or do you just go around to different websites to advertise your “legal” racing? Bad timing, very uncalled for. Where was the editing censor on this?

  • JAMES JOHNSON

    I lost a loved one to the activity of street racing. Afterwards I was destroyed and looking for someone, anyone, to help me get through the hard time and ensure that my friend life was not in vain. In response I found Evo Street Racers 2 years ago, since 2003 their association has been on an ENTIRELY volunteer basis never making ANY money off their efforts. Furthermore they are MUCH MORE than just an event…they actually make their LARGEST impact through their educational programs. They are the ONLY ONES that pay tribute to the people lost do to the activity in hope that the lives are forgotten in an effort to stop others from illegally street racing. I would HIGHLY recommend you look at their website before passing such poor judgement.

  • Street Scene Revolution’s Evo Street Racers is a national not-for-profit motorsports association that focuses on curtailing illegal street racing by assisting in the evolution of street racers into motorsports racers.

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