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‘Fast & Furious’ Sung Kang joins hands with OCDA to combat illegal street racing

'Fast & Furious' Sung Kang joins hands with OCDA to combat illegal street racing

A new public service to curb illegal street racing was announced on television and social media networks on Friday, April 29, featuring a lead character in the “Fast and Furious” film franchise and the brother of another late actor.

“Guys, let’s be responsible,” says Cody Walker, younger brother of the late Paul Walker. “Someone is waiting for you at home.”

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer unveiled the ad, which was planned to be run nationwide, on top of a Santa Ana parking structure, surrounded by some of the cars used in the shoot. Accompanied were “Fast and Furious” actor Sung Kang, as well as two family members of the Orange County victims who died as a result of road racing.

Kang and Larry Chen, a commercial automotive photographer, were the project directors and cinematographers.

Realizing that there was no widespread communication about the dangers of illegal street racing, Spitzer said, he reached out to a relative who had worked in a few films and asked if any cast members were interested in conveying the message themselves. Will take

Kang bound.

On Friday, he said he had reservations about being the face and voice of the announcement, but the venture ultimately gave car enthusiasts a chance to contribute something positive.

“I lost a brother (in Paul Walker),” Kang said. “There’s no part 2. It’s over.”

The one-minute spot mainly featured shots of race cars on the track, swerving engines and drifting. Kang’s voice can be heard in the background, explaining why car enthusiasts love racing – “to blow off steam, to hang out with friends and a little faster … and a little furious.”

Walker is seen standing in front of a white race car giving the final line of the video. This was followed by a message that read, “We are losing so many of our loved ones to street racing…”

Paul Walker died when the driver of a Porsche lost control and hit a light pole and a tree before bursting into flames in November 2013.

“We don’t mind the lives of those around us,” Walker said in a recorded video played at the news conference. “It’s not just you that you’re putting at risk, it’s everyone else around you. It’s not worth the risk.”

In an effort to combat street racing, the DA’s office works with 10 Orange County law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol to form the Tactical Traffic Enforcement Against Racing and Reckless Driving Task Force.

To date, the task force had issued nearly 3,000 citations and made nearly 300 arrests, CHP commander Dennis Sofa said Friday morning.

Lily Trujillo Puckett, whose 16-year-old daughter Valentina was murdered in 2014 after a teenage boy who was driving her home from a street race party and crashed, spoke at the news conference.

She has since founded the non-profit Street Racing Kills to educate youth about the dangers of illegal street racing.

“It’s something that shouldn’t happen,” she said. “Everyone has a purpose when they come back home and have something to do the next day. He had dreams and all his dreams were shattered.

Pat Harbrecht, whose late husband, Jean, was killed when their pickup truck was slammed by street racers in Santa Ana in July 2020, also spoke at the news conference.

Jean Harbrecht was a longtime editor at The Orange County Register. He was returning home after having dinner when the accident happened. Both drivers could face more than a decade in prison if convicted. One of them has been charged with murder.

Pat Harbrecht urges potential street racers to think twice.

“If I can show you what the consequences of that one stupid moment are, the consequences of that one stupid ego trip are death and a lifetime of loss and misery for those of us left behind,” she said. “If we can stop just one person from running on a public street with their thoughtless, reckless, senseless actions and arrogance, maybe we can stop losing the people we love.”

Speakers encouraged potential street racers to do something else – take it to the track. District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kimberly Aids said Irwindale Speedway provides a safe place for people to get out of their cars.

Officials created two versions of the PSA, one in 30 seconds and the other in a minute, Spitzer said.

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