Girl Dies After Father's Alleged Street Race Crash

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A 4-year-girl died after she was injured in a crash allegedly caused by her father's street racing. 

The girl died in the hospital on Jan. 2, one day after the crash near Cincinnati, Ohio. The girl's father, Terence McNulty, was injured but is expected to recover.

McNulty, 25, and another driver, Gerald Howell, 30, were racing in a northbound lane when their cars made contact, causing McNulty to swerve into the southbound lane, according to WCPO. McNulty reportedly hit a car in the southbound lane before going through a guardrail and off the road. Howell also hit another car in the crash.

The other drivers suffered "not life-threatening" injuries, said police Sgt. Mike Machenheimer.

Police are still investigating the crash.

Machenheimer also took the opportunity to condemn street racing, calling it unacceptable. 

"It's very dangerous, especially on a street that is heavily traveled like Winton Road is," Machenheimer said. "Even on a holiday, there's still quite a bit of traffic."

Police say the girl was wearing a seat belt when the car crashed, but was not in a car seat, reports The Associated Press. 

Illegal street racing has resulted in deaths across the U.S. for decades, according to an AP report from 2008. Between 2001 and 2006, 804 people were killed in street races. More recent numbers were not readily available.

"This is something that has gone on for a long time," said Matt Jewell, president of the Maryland Street Racing Association, which organizes legal events on private racetracks. "I don't see it stopping."

Officials say it's hard to stop street races because they're arranged online and are over quickly.

"You've got a group of people who are secretive," said then-Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson in 2008, according to the AP. "They gather, and within 30 seconds they move out. It's been very difficult for our police department."

Some jurisdictions in California, where the majority of the deaths occur, are trying to do something about the problem.

In 2016, after a series of deadly crashes involving street racers, Los Angeles police began discussing harsher penalties for racing and illegal car modifications used by racers, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

According to police, street racing seemed to be gaining popularity in recent years, thanks in part to the ease of promoting races on social media. 

"They jump on any one of their social media sites, only to move the problem to one of our partnering jurisdictions," Los Angeles police Capt. John McMahon said.

Sources: WCPO, AP via New York Daily News, AP via Fox News, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: Chris Yarzab/Flickr / Embedded Images: Moto "Club4AG" Miwa/Flickr, Felipe Vidal/Flickr

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