In pop culture, street racing is often portrayed as glamorous. In reality, it is often deadly. And in L.A. County, where officials say street racing is on the rise, it rarely leads to significant jail time, according to a Times analysis of law enforcement and court records. Since 2009, authorities have made arrests in more than half the cases where street racing was suspected in a fatal car crash. The Times examined 45 incidents that led to 20 prosecutions. In 15 of those, the defendants were sentenced to less than five years in jail. In one case, a driver involved in a crash that killed a teacher was sentenced to probation. Why do murder charges often not stick?
Source: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times