Las Vegas driver speedsThe Metropolitan Police Department is sad to report that a tragic high-speed car accident has taken the life of 31-year-old Phalon Young. Unfortunately, investigators suspect the accident was the result of illegal street racing. One suspect has already been charged in the ordeal.

According to reports, both Phalon Young and Kashmir Newell, half-brothers, were at a lounge together on June 24. Both men were seen leaving with women, Young with his wife and Newell with an unidentified female. Newell was driving a 2016 Maserati GHIBLI and Young was driving a Dodge Challenger.

Both cars then allegedly began to race or speed down a road with a marked speed limit of 45 mph. Investigators later pulled data from Young’s Challenger that proved the vehicle was going over 120 mph while attempting to cross Sahara Avenue. At that point, the Challenger’s undercarriage scraped the roadway.

Young was unable to regain control of the vehicle, and it flipped over. While flipping, the car hit a street sign before coming to a stop at a brick wall. Young and his wife were rushed to a nearby hospital. Young was declared deceased a short time later, and his wife suffered major injuries. Newell was immediately arrested and charged with two felony counts of reckless driving resulting in major injuries.

He was also served with two misdemeanor traffic citations as he was found to be driving with a suspended license.

Street Racing: How Serious is It?

In Nevada, street racing is illegal. Street racing includes excessive speeding to compete with others on the road, drag racing, trick driving, or any other type of unauthorized speed contests on public roads. The reason these laws are in place is to protect not only drivers but also other innocent motorists on the road.

A first-time street racing offense that doesn’t result in any injuries could result in a sentence of up to six months in jail. You’ll also get charged with a misdemeanor, pay fines of up to $1,000, be ordered to serve community service, and likely have your car impounded for up to 15 days. These penalties increase with every subsequent charge.

Street racing that results in bodily harm or a fatality is considered a Class B felony. Felony offenses come with penalties of up to six years in prison and fines of up to $5,000. You will lose your driver’s license for up to 24 months. Even once you serve your time, your felony conviction will result in the loss of specific rights like your right to possess a firearm and vote.

Our leading criminal defense attorney, Nick Wooldridge, founded LV Criminal Defense nearly a decade ago in 2015. Prior to that, he worked systematically to help accused citizens understand and leverage the law to secure the best possible outcome since 2004. Now, you can rely on the experience and legal expertise of his entire legal team.

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