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Teen charged in death during alleged street race

February 22, 2007|From a Times Staff Writer

The 16-year-old driver who crashed his parents' car into a Riverside light pole, killing a 14-year-old passenger in what police said was an impromptu street race Sunday night, has been charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter and three counts of felony street racing causing injury.

Police said the unlicensed driver had seven passengers in the car as he raced another car at 100 mph into oncoming traffic on Tyler Street.

Carlos Cisneros of Riverside was killed and three other juveniles were critically injured.

Ingrid Wyatt, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County district attorney's office, said the 16-year-old would appear in Juvenile Court today.

A judge will determine whether he will be released to his parents or remain at Juvenile Hall. Wyatt said the district attorney's office would also request a hearing to determine whether the teenager would be tried as an adult.

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