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Deadly Crash Sheds Light on Illegal Race Circuit

Illegal street racing made headlines on Saturday when eight spectators were killed on a stretch of highway in Maryland. Drag racing experts — including a paramedic and a former racer — discuss the history and culture of the risky, underground pastime.

Guests:

Sheila Howard, volunteer paramedic for Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad; was the first on the scene at the crash in Accokeek, Md., on Saturday

Kenneth Peak, professor in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Nevada; co-authored a federal monograph on street racing for the Department of Justice

Bryan Harrison, former street racer; president of Evo Street Racers, a national association that focuses on curtailing illegal street racing by encouraging street racers to become motor-sports racers

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