Police investigate street racing incident that left 1 dead - WNEM TV 5

Police investigate street racing incident that left 1 dead

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It's a dangerous reality on some streets in Mid-Michigan, but in one tragic instance it became a deadly reality.

Police are looking for the vehicles responsible in a hit and run during a street race. It happened earlier this month in Flint as the victim walked across Dort Highway.

"Loud. RPMS racing, tires squealing, that's Flint," said Arve Sheppard, Flint resident.

He's talking about an illegal activity in Flint. One he said has been around for years and even though people don't talk about it, a lot of Flint residents know it happens. That activity is street racing.

"Yeah, I've been down there racing. Pull up, line 'em up and race. That's how they do it," Sheppard said.

Things took a turn for the worst last week when 46-year-old Richard Albrant was killed as he walked across Dort Highway.

Police said two cars had pulled out of a business parking lot and raced of north on Dort Highway. Neither cars stopped to help the man.

"That was definitely not a good thing. I heard about it and it's not something that happens all the time, but it's late, dark and not done right [because] people are out there wanting to watch the races. And if they step in the wrong spot, you can get clipped and that's what I hear happened," Sheppard said.

He said the racing takes place every Friday and Saturday. It begins around 10 p.m. when the businesses in the area close.

Residents said the racers meet and gather at the Sunoco Gas Station parking lot. Then the actual racing takes place down a long, abandoned stretch of road on James P. Cole Blvd.

Police said they are aware the stretch is known for racing.

As for the drivers of the two cars who hit Albrant, police have not made any arrests but are still investigating.

Sheppard said the racing community is a tight one and while he doesn't race himself, he's confident many in the group know who it was.

"I know it's not good, but I don't think they'll stop it at all. Racing is racing and people is always going to race," Sheppard said.

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