Riverside Racing car crash death of Gabriela Martinez |Obituary|
17-year-old Perris girl, Gabriela Martinez died in a fatal Riverside street racing car crash that occurred at Magnolia Avenue and Polk Street on Sunday, August 15, 2021. The accident happened when Martinez lost control of the 2003 Mustang she was driving and struck a tree.
Police say Martinez was westbound on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, racing a 2011 Camaro driven by an unidentified person.
At one point during the race, the Camaro turned in front of the Mustang causing it to lose control. Martinez’s vehicle then went off the road and crashed into a tree. The Camaro driver fled the scene after stopping for a moment.
Martinez and a female passenger in the Mustang were taken to Riverside Community Hospital. Unfortunately, she died moments later while the passenger is still nursing moderate injuries.