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Police warn of street racing dangers after fatal crash

Police warn of street racing dangers after fatal crash

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Aug 20, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Police say street racing led to a crash that killed two men and left a woman critically injured over the weekend. Officers say it's a warning to everyone to avoid dangerous driving.

19-year-old Tyler Watts and 21-year-old Blake Shirley were both Las Vegas residents. They died when their car slammed into a tree on Centennial Center Boulevard early Sunday morning.

Detectives believe they careened off the road into a tree while racing another vehicle. 

Police markings on the road show the path the car took. 

One witness claims to have seen a black sports car with a white male driver speeding away after the crash. So far, no one has come forward.

Las Vegas police says the crash marks the 76th and 77th roadway fatalities in its jurisdiction so far this year. That passes the total number of fatalities for all of 2011, which stood at 72.

"I search for words to be different. Something else that will motivate people to change their driving habits," Sgt. Richard Strader said. "I just keep saying the same thing: Speed kills, it does."

Sgt. Strader spoke of the dangers in front of the fatal crash seen, urging drivers to learn a lesson from the deaths.

"This person was going too fast and lost control," Strader said. "This road is not meant to go over 35 miles an hour."

Detectives are searching the neighborhood to collect surveillance video from businesses in the area where the crash took place, hoping to catch the other car involved. 

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.