MID-CITY – a 23-year-old motorist was killed Saturday as he raced another car on Wilshire Boulevard near 20th Street and drove into several news racks and a palm tree, Santa Monica police said.

 

Officers eventually located the other vehicle involved, but there was no driver at the scene, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler.

 

Trisler said the two vehicles were racing westbound at about 3 a.m. in the 2000 block of Wilshire Boulevard when the two cars sideswiped each other, and the 23-year-old’s vehicle slammed into a palm tree on the north side of the roadway. The driver, a Santa Monica resident whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene.

 

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the racing or the crash to call them at (310) 458-8495.

 

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