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2 friends drag race in Chicago; 1 dies and the other is charged

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CHICAGO — A 20-year-old man is dead and his best friend since grade school is charged with aggravated drunken driving and reckless homicide after a crash during a drag race in downtown Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1CT6N55 ) reports that the accident happened early Saturday on a stretch of Lower Wacker Drive that is a popular area for illegal drag racing. Prosecutors say 18-year-old Ivan Sanchez was racing his Jeep against a BMW driven by Jose Luvianos Jr. They say Luvianos clipped the front of Sanchez' Jeep. The Jeep struck a concrete beam, and Luvianos' car crashed into two concrete pillars.

Sanchez suffered minor injuries and Luvianos died at an area hospital. Sanchez' attorney called it a tragic accident.

Prosecutors contend that Sanchez' blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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