SANTA MONICA—On February 12, at approximately 3 a.m., a race involving two vehicles along the 2000 block of Wilshire Boulevard ended tragically.

According to officials, the driver of one of the participating vehicles was a resident of Santa Monica. The individual, who is being identified only as a 23-year-old male, was racing another individual westbound on Wilshire Boulevard.

After a preliminary investigation, police have determined the driver crashed into a tree on the north side of the road after he lost control of his vehicle and struck the automobile he was racing. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

When police found the other vehicle involved, it was abandoned. The investigation is currently ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to contact Detective Chris Dawson at 310-458-8953 or Sergeant Jeff Wiles at 310-458-8895 or the Santa Monica Police Department at 310-458-8495.

Those who wish to provide information anonymously can do so by calling WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME or by submitting a tip online at Callers who provide information that leads to an arrest or conviction may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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