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Cars Suspected Of Racing In San Jose Lose Control, Collide, Then Fatally Strike Pedestrian

SAN JOSE (CBS SF)_ The drivers of two cars that might have been racing in East San Jose have been taken into custody Monday afternoon following a fatal collision with a female pedestrian who was pinned against a tree, San Jose police said.

Officers received a call shortly after noon about the collision on Yerba Buena Road near Edenwood Drive, according to police Sgt. Heather Randol.

Two vehicles were heading west on Yerba Buena Road at a high rate of speed with the drivers possibly trying to race each other.

"They lost control, crashing into each other and then a guardrail," Randol said.

At least one vehicle struck the pedestrian while she was on the sidewalk or in the bike lane, Randol said.

The two vehicles both ended up on the sidewalk and the woman was pinned against a tree, where she suffered fatal injuries, Randol said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both adult male drivers were detained, one received medical treatment. The two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving causing great bodily injury.

On Tuesday the woman's identity was made public as 24-year-old Kiran Pabla.

According to police this is already the fourth fatal pedestrian versus vehicle accident this year. The total in 2014 was 23.

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