Street-racing charges laid in Ottawa teen's death

An 18-year-old man faces charges of street racing after a crash that killed the teenage driver of the car he was racing against.

An 18-year-old man faces charges of street racing after a crash that killed the teenage driver of the car he was racing against.

Kareem Alli has been charged with street racing and driving without a licence, police said.

Alli and Christian Williams were racing their cars down Claridge Drive in the Barrhaven area of Ottawa Tuesday afternoon when Williams lost control of his silver Honda CRX and crashed into a light post.

Williams died, and a passenger in his vehicle suffered minor injuries. Ali and the passenger in his car were not hurt.

Police said Williams and Alli were friends.

The red Ford Mustang Alli was driving was seized by police.

The collision took place a short distance from Mother Teresa High School, where Williams was in Grade 12. He had been scheduled to graduate Thursday.

On Wednesday, Williams's friends spent the day gathered near the spot where he died.

Ilyan Daskalove said he's not sure what prompted Williams to try street racing.

"He used to drive pretty slowly and stuff."

Other friends said Williams bought his car just a few weeks ago.

A memorial service and a wake are planned for Friday.

Kari Kelly, who lives in the neighbourhood, said she's seen a lot of high-speed driving on Claridge Drive.

"It's fairly straight, so they get going, and they give 'er," she said.

Kelly suggested four-way stops should be installed to make the street safer for students walking home from the nearby elementary school.