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Police identify driver impaled by pole after street race crash

Updated Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 | 3:43 p.m.

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A Las Vegas man who police say was racing another car was hospitalized Tuesday morning after his vehicle struck a chain-link fence and he was impaled by a pole, Metro Police said.

Juan Vasquez, 20, was driving a Honda Civic westbound on Russell Road east of Gateway Road about 9:30 a.m. when he lost control, veered northbound and drove onto the sidewalk, police said. He then struck a chain-link fence and came to rest in the front yard of a home.

Police said a pole went through his body after it struck him in the chest. Vasquez was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center's trauma unit, where he was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a witness saw Vasquez racing a black Volvo with temporary license plates before the crash occurred. The collision is under investigation.