Sister of man who died in Gosford crash: He wasn't street racing

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The sister of a man who died in a high-speed crash on Gosford Road said Tuesday that it may not have been street racing that claimed his life.

"I don't think that was right," said Syria Tinajero. "I don't think it was true that he was racing. He was by himself. He was coming home."

Angel Cabrera was just 20 years old when he died in a car crash early Monday morning. Police said Cabrera allowed his Mitsubishi Evo to drift onto the center median, losing control and slamming into a tree. The car busted into many pieces, and Cabrera was thrown from the car.

Friends told Eyewitness News that Cabrera was part of an imported-car enthusiasts club, a group that meets to show off their cars and occasionally race them.

Tinajero said Cabrero loved fast cars, but he wasn't racing when he died.

"He was just driving fast, that's what I do know he was doing, but not that he was racing anybody," the sister said.

Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said an investigation is underway, but officers are slow to jump to conclusions.

"We don't have any indication that this was a result of street racing," said Grubbs. "We'd have to have some kind of a witness or somebody that saw something at the time of the incident that said there was another vehicle there."

Grubbs said by all indications, Cabrera may have been pushing the speed limits, but he was driving alone.

"He could've easily been going 120 mph," said Grubbs, "but unless he's racing another vehicle, that's not street racing.

Cabrera's sister said the family is getting along as best it can.

"It still doesn't seem real," said Tinajero. "I still can't face the fact I lost my little brother. It's going to take time."

Anyone with information on helpful to the investigation should call police at (661) 327-7111.