DESERT CENTER – A Westminster woman died Sunday after a crash at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Riverside County.
Chelsea Vu, 21, was a passenger in a coupe whose driver lost control and crashed head-on into a concrete barrier around 10:20 a.m., the Riverside County coroner’s office said. The car was in a recreational race, and Vu was wearing a harness seat belt at the time.
Vu was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver, a Midway City man, was taken by helicopter to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs in critical condition, California Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Zagorski said.
The 2.68-mile track, which is about 55 miles east of Indio, hosted an open-track event Sunday.
Participants were required to wear helmets and seat belts, and drivers were separated into skill levels for 20-minute group runs of the track.
By CLAUDIA KOERNER/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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