TEMPE, AZ - One person died after a multi-vehicle crash Friday night near the Tempe-Phoenix border.
A red Chevy Camaro and a dark Ford Mustang were street racing at speeds of more than 100 mph eastbound on Broadway Road past 32nd Street, according to Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.
According to reports, around 9:30 p.m. the Camaro lost control and crossed the center line, hitting a silver BMW driving in the opposite direction through the intersection.
The BMW hit the Camaro's passenger door, causing the BMW to rotate and hit a Chrysler 300 head on, police said.
The Camaro driver, identified Monday by Phoenix Police as 27-year-old Jonnie Grey, suffered serious injuries and later died at the hospital.
All other individuals involved in the multiple-vehicle accident sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The Mustang reportedly left the scene without stopping.
A man who nearly pulled out in front of the racing cars said his gut told him to wait for the vehicles to pass.
The witness, who asked not to be identified, was even more grateful for his patience after learning about the fatality.
“My wife was like, 'Oh my God, it could have been us,’” the witness said.
The intersection of 48th Street and Broadway Road was closed past midnight following the accident.
This is the third street-racing fatality in Phoenix in the past several months, police said.
The first was in a neighborhood, the second was at 16th Street and Southern Avenue.
Anyone with information on the driver of the Mustang who fled the scene of Friday night’s crash is asked to call police.