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QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of the two teens that were racing on Iron Point Road in Folsom one morning many years ago when they crashed into a woman pulling out of the Factory Outlets, killing her? I do remember that one teen was driving a brand-new sporty car his parents bought for him, and when police arrived the boys were trying to remove an expensive radio from his crashed car, rather than trying to help the injured woman.
Submitted by: Steve, Folsom
ANSWER: Two teenage drivers were ordered to spend six months in juvenile hall for gross vehicular manslaughter in the January 2007 death of 53-year-old Susan McNew of Shingle Springs.
Because they were juveniles -- both were 17 at the time of the crash -- the youths were identified only as Michael A. and Karl B. in court documents and stories in The Bee.
Authorities said Karl B. was driving a BMW that was seen racing a Dodge Stealth driven by Michael A. on Iron Point Road moments before the Stealth slammed into McNew's vehicle as she exited the Folsom Premium Outlets.
Michel A.'s car was inches behind the BMW moments before the crash, according to court testimony, and Karl B. managed to maneuver around McNew's car, which was then hit by Michael A.'s vehicle.
Authorities said the teenagers were traveling up to 90 mph in a 45-mph zone, weaving in and out of traffic.
Police said witnesses and officers at the crash scene were shocked at the boys' lack of emotion or concern for McNew. They said the youths were focused on removing stereo equipment from the Stealth, which they thought would be impounded, and not on helping McNew, who died later that day at a hospital.
McNew taught second grade at Blue Oak Elementary School in Cameron Park. She was married and the mother of two grown children.
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