Saturday, May 2, 2015
"We don't have anyone who can confirm that they were racing," stated police LT Rich Lawhead.
The police do know that around 10 pm on April 29 2015, two cars were traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound and switching lanes near Highland Ave and Macy St in San Bernardino CA when a crash occurred. The 1992 Mitsubishi 3000 that Mark A Jimenez, 19, was driving slid into the path of a 2011 Toyota Corolla that was traveling west on Highland Ave. and hit it head on.
Jimenez was killed in the crash and the three people riding in the Toyota were taken to area hospitals with injuries. The driver of the car, a 23 year old is in critical condition and the other two were rushed into surgery for internal injuries. All three that were in the Toyota are expected to survive their injuries and police stated that Jimenez died instantly in the crash. His brother was driving a black Chevy Impala alongside Mark and he declined to make a statement to police. At this time, he has not been charged with anything.
The police have stated that there have been several accidents on that stretch of road in the past but they have not had a problem with street racing there before. It is described as a very flat, straight stretch of road and it would be very well suited for racing though.
Jimenez was very popular and well liked at his alma mater Arroyo Valley High School and the students there are very upset by the news of his death. He was described as having a great smile and while there may have been doubt of his graduating during his junior year, he managed to buckle down and graduate the following year. He is remembered for the times he would arrive at school in his cowboy style clothing, sometimes adding a hat as well.
The police are still investigating the crash so it is still unknown if the brothers were just fooling around or actually racing. Either way, it looks as though a poor choice has led to another young life gone far too soon.