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Florida authorities decide not to charge Arjun Atwal in fatal street race

The incident happened almost one year ago. From AP-

ORLANDO, Fla. — Pro golfer Arjun Atwal won’t be charged in a street race incident in which the other driver crashed and died.

Prosecutors decided last week not to charge Atwal in the March 2007 death of John N. Park, saying the cars driven by the two men never made contact. Witnesses said Atwal and Park were driving nearly 100 mph in a 45-mph zone when Park failed to negotiate a turn, sending his car airborne into a tree.

“The two racing vehicles did not come into contact with each other,” assistant state attorney Robert Eagan wrote Thursday. “There is no evidence that either vehicle was driven in a manner causing the other to brake or evade the other.”

Florida Highway Patrol investigators had recommended Atwal be charged with vehicular homicide.

Atwal could have been charged with participating in a street race. But the state attorney’s office didn’t receive a citation from the highway patrol, prosecutor spokeswoman Danielle Tavernier said Tuesday.

Atwal and Park, who did not know each other, were driving on a suburban road connecting the Walt Disney World resorts and upscale communities west of Orlando.

Atwal has lost his PGA Tour card. He did win last weekend’s Malaysian Open.

I hope Atwal learned a lesson from all of this. Ironically I wrote a web fiction story centered around a fatal street race almost a year ago. None of my racers were pro golfers however.

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