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Police say street racing led to crash that killed four Peoria women

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Peoria Police said Wednesday night a second car was involved in a crash last weekend that killed four young woman, and investigators believe the two vehicles were racing prior to the accident.

Police said the driver of the other car, Jerome C. Polnitz, 42, is under arrest on multiple charges, including street racing.

According to police, the car driven by Polnitz did not collide with the other vehicle, but they both were traveling at a high rate of speed. The four women were killed when their car struck a tree near the intersection of Washington and Darst Streets about 3:45 a.m. Sunday.

The crash killed Jazzman Burns, 22, Diamond Williams, 18, Quanylan Thomas, 19, and Tyesha Thomas, 18.

Police said they interviewed Polnitz Wednesday afternoon and took him into custody for street racing, reckless driving, leaving the scene, failing to notify police, failure to give aid, speeding, and driving with a suspended license.

Howard Packowitz

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