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Speedway Reminds Street Racers of Track Program

LAS VEGAS -- A young man is dead and two others injured after a high speed crash Friday.

Police say they might have been street racing.

According to police, Maryland Parkway just south of Bonanza Road is not a hot spot for racing, but speed has been a factor in more deadly crashes this year compared to last year.

Those deaths could have been avoided, Metro Police Sgt. Richard Strader said.

He added that evidence at the site of the crash points to street racing.

"Unfortunately they did not have the experience to control around that S-curve and the result is we have one dead person and two injured," Strader said.

Police are still investigating the crash and looking for the other people involved.

Deborah Lewis lives nearby and said she's seen drivers shattering the 30 mph speed limit.

"You only got one life to live," she said. "A lot of people racing, going fast. I mean, if you want to race, go to speedway."

Chris Powell, president of Las Vegas Motor Speedway said he created Midnight Mayhem 12 years ago to get racers off the road.

"The idea is for people to be able to race street legal cars in a safe and controlled environment at minimal cost," he said.

The crash on Friday happened just after 9 p.m. That night people had been racing for about an hour at the speedway.

Powell said that crash is a perfect example of why he started the program.

"You're putting not only yourself at risk but so many innocent people at risk," he said. "Please consider coming out and racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a safe and controlled environment."

Lewis said she just wants to be able to cross the street without risking her life.

"You're not getting anything out of speed racing on the street," she said. "You don't know who you're going to hit, who you're going to kill."

The two men who survived Friday night's crash were taken to University Medical Center in serious condition.