Charles Hoang winced when the whoosh went out of the tires. Daniel Maldonado took pictures with a digital camera as glass exploded and rained down to the ground.
The cars the teens had so meticulously souped up and tricked out were crushed Wednesday as part of a crackdown on illegal street racing in Southern California.
"That's my heart, my dream," said Hoang, 18, of Chino, who was surrounded by friends as his 1998 Acura Integra was put into a compactor. "That's my girlfriend, the love of my life. The cops can crush my car, but they can't crush my memories."
Let me start out by saying that the guy in the paragraph above seriously needs a HUMAN girlfriend.
But to the point of the story, I think this is a case of the punishment fitting the crime. The street is no place to race and there are alternatives which are legal and as safe as any form of racing can be. If you use your car like a deadly weapon and expose innocent people to danger as the result of your stupidity, I think forfeiting the car is appropriate.
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