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Mom, 54, is killed during street race with her son, 26, who now faces charges over the crash

A family street race has ended in tragedy, with a mother dead and her son arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.  

Algetta Michelle Strother, 54, was killed instantly Monday night in San Bernardino, California when her car flipped over and struck a tree, a pipe, and a light pole.

Her son, Steven Kirk Strother Jr, 26, was arrested Wednesday in relation to the crash. 

Police say the pair were racing one another in separate vehicles when the crash occurred. 

Steven was behind the wheel of a Buick Century, while Algetta was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV with a 21-year-old passenger inside. 

Algetta Michelle Strother, 54, was killed instantly Monday night in San Bernardino, California when her car flipped over and struck a tree, a pipe, and a light pole. Her son, Steven Kirk Strother Jr, 26, was arrested Wednesday in relation to the crash. Mourners are seen gathering at the crash site

Algetta Michelle Strother, 54, was killed instantly Monday night in San Bernardino, California when her car flipped over and struck a tree, a pipe, and a light pole. Her son, Steven Kirk Strother Jr, 26, was arrested Wednesday in relation to the crash. Mourners are seen gathering at the crash site 

As the two cars dragged along the street they came across a Toyota Camry, which police believe was driving at the designated speed limit. 

Steven attempted to zoom past that car, but his Buick collided into the Camry. 

At that point, Algetta reportedly lost control of her Chevrolet as she attempted to veer away from those two vehicles. 

Her car flipped and hit multiple objects on the side of the road. 

According to the San Bernardino Sun, Algetta was flung through the front window of her SUV and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Her 21-year-old passenger was taken to hospital with injuries.  

A tire imprint shows where Algetta's car skidded off the road before flipping and hitting a nearby pole

A tire imprint shows where Algetta’s car skidded off the road before flipping and hitting a nearby pole 

Steven escaped without injury. Miraculously, the driver of the Camry also came away unhurt. 

Police believe both alcohol and speed were a factor in the fatal crash, but say they are still investigating. 

Steven is now being held without bail, due to a parole violation. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.  

On Wednesday, friends and relatives of Algetta gathered at the scene of the crash to pay respects to the woman known as ‘Meme’. 

Mourners left dozens of candles and balloons at the site. 

On Wednesday, friends and relatives of Algetta gathered at the scene of the crash to pay respects to the woman known as 'Meme'

On Wednesday, friends and relatives of Algetta gathered at the scene of the crash to pay respects to the woman known as ‘Meme’

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