Victims' families take fight for stiffer drag racing laws to Hartford

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HARTFORD -

The families of two women killed in a drag racing crash last year were in Hartford Monday fighting for stiffer illegal racing laws.

Shalymar Herrera and Brianna Torres-Carter, who was pregnant at the time, were killed on River Road in Shelton. Torres-Carter's husband was driving the car that was racing another car from Pennsylvania. Torres-Carter's husband was charged with manslaughter and negligent vehicular homicide.

"The law has to change," says Julissa Torres. "This thing of street racing and reckless driving is horrible."

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Herrera's mother met with state representatives to propose a bill that would increase the penalties for illegal racing and negligent homicide with a motor vehicle. The bill calls for imposing fines of up to $3,500, a three-year prison sentence or both.

"We need to educate our teenagers how dangerous it is to race in the street and put other people's lives in danger," says Lisa Herrera.

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