Business owner frustrated over street racing incident

Created: 06/27/2014 8:36 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You might remember a YouTube video KOB Eyewitness News 4 aired last week: A car believed to be street racing crashed into a gas line right outside a northeast Albuquerque business. That wasn't the first time the business was damaged by a speeding car.

During the day, it's rather quiet in this northeast Albuquerque industrial area, but come night time, business owners say it's the place to be. Especially right outside of Bill Frahm's business "Sunray Custom Woodworking" near Princeton and Phoenix--a spot he's learned is quite popular with the street racing crowd.

"In the evenings the streets are bare and no one is around and so kids come over here and race on the streets," Frahm said.

The YouTube video shows some of these races don't end well. Recently, a car crashed into Frahm's business and into the gas line out front. It could've quickly turned deadly because of that leaking gas.

The driver of the vehicle who crashed into the building and gas line fled the scene. So Frahm and his insurance had to pay for the damage.

This isn't the first time it's happened. A few years ago, a car crashed into the portable office building next door. Again, the driver gone, and the insurance paid.

Frahm says police have been working with him and are investigating. He also asked for more patrols at night, and police say they're doing it. He hopes that will push the drivers to find another place to go.

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