Cleveland police respond to more calls for dangerous drag races
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) — Police data shows officers are getting more and more calls about drag races on city streets.
19 Investigators told you Monday about new details in a fatal crash that police say happened as teenagers were running down Broadway Avenue.
We took a closer look at the problem and found that drag racing is a city-wide problem.
This creates high demand for a short-staffed police department and takes young lives too soon.
At least four people have died in four months at the scene of alleged races.
19 Investigators have obtained a list of all drag racing calls responded to by police since the start of 2021.
We did the math and found that call type was up 23% this year over last.
We have video of two cars that police say were racing when they collided and knocked down a pedestrian in April.
She died near East 108th Street and Superior Avenue.
Yet a few weeks later in May, our list shows another call for the very spot where it was hit, for more drag racing.
You can hear motors in a neighbor’s 911 call.
“They killed a lady outside my house a few weeks ago,” he said.
Three of the most common streets listed in the drag racing report are Harvard Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, and Lee Road.
But, we found calls from all over town.
On Monday we told you about the calls from the July 8 accident in Slavic Village.
19 Investigators found that two mothers called 911 the night of the accident.
Police say two teenagers were taking part in a drag race when a car hit and killed two people on motorbikes.
Just two days later, 911 calls arrived from Scranton Road in Tremont on July 9.
According to a police report, witnesses told officers that more than 100 cars were racing in the area when a man was shot.
To our knowledge, the police are still looking for suspects in his murder.
19 Investigators have contacted police to find out if the department is taking additional steps to reduce street racing.
While a spokeswoman didn’t speak of additional efforts, she said the CPD monitors traffic patterns for dangerous driving in partnership with the state Highway Patrol.
CPD also encourages citizens like those in this story to continue to call about illegal activity.
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