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Innocent driver hurt in downtown street-racing wreck

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A street racing-related collision at an East Village intersection sent one man to a hospital and another to jail early Friday, San Diego police reported.

The three-vehicle wreck occurred shortly after 2 a.m., when an eastbound 1997 Honda Civic went through a red light at G and 16th streets at high speed and smashed into a Buick, police said.

The latter vehicle then spun around and hit a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro whose driver had been keeping pace with the man behind the wheel of the Honda.

"It was obvious to witnesses that they were racing each other," SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

The driver of the Civic, who appeared to be in his 20s, jumped out of the crumpled car and ran off with another man and a woman who had been riding with him.

Officers investigating the crash arrested the driver of the Camaro, 22-year-old Lucas Patrick Martinez, at the scene.

Medics took the 52-year-old San Diego man who had been driving the Buick to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of fractured ribs, Mayer said.

Martinez was booked into county jail on suspicion of reckless driving causing injury, driving while intoxicated and engaging in an illegal street race, all misdemeanors. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

The driver of the Honda and his companions remained at large as of Friday, May 17, the lieutenant said.

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