BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A man from Huntsville and another from Birmingham were killed at an illegal street race over the weekend, authorities said Monday as police cast doubt on the initial accounts of the fatalities.
The coroner's office said Lonnie King, 29, of Birmingham died after being struck by one of two cars racing about 4:30 p.m. Sunday as a large crowd watched. King was reportedly videotaping the race when the collision occurred.
Pat Curry, a deputy Jefferson County coroner, said Anthony Lett, 36, of Huntsville died of a gunshot wound inflicted after the crash.
While initial reports indicated that Lett was fatally wounded for suggesting that someone needed to take King to a hospital, police Sgt. Cory Hardiman told The Birmingham News that an investigation had shown the account was incorrect.
"A dispute started after the accident and it was during the dispute the victim was shot and killed," he said. "It's related, but we don't have any evidence there was a dispute over taking anyone to the hospital."
Curry said a man from Florida put Lett in a car and drove him to UAB Hospital, where he was dumped out of the car and it left.
A video of what appeared to be the deadly crash was posted on the YouTube Web site, but the title suggests the race occurred on a street other than the one where the crash actually happened. YouTube includes many videos of what appear to be illegal drag races.