2 men charged following death from alleged street racing accident

Oct 18 2019, 11:12 am

Two men have been charged in relation to the death of a pedestrian in April 2019.

A release from the Calgary Police Service states that 20-year-old Ihab Elamm and 19-year-old Ali Aref Jeha are both facing charges relating to an incident that occurred at around 9:30 pm on Monday, April 22.

The release states that an Acura TL and a Toyota Tacoma were both speeding east on 32nd Avenue that night, and that the Acura did not stop when the two vehicles hit a red light at 26th Street NE.

Police believe that the Acura struck a man who had been crossing the road, a 38-year-old who would die as a result of the collision.

Both the Acura and the Toyota, which did initially stop for the red light, fled the scene following the collision.

Police believe the incident to have been the result of illegal street racing, among other possible factors.

Street racing continues to be a problem in Calgary and it puts people’s lives at risk,” the release states.

“Drivers who street race are often inexperienced and are driving on roads not designed for high speeds, where there are pedestrians, multiple vehicles, and other hazards.”

One of the suspects was taken into custody later that same evening, though it wasn’t until six months later that a second man was taken into custody.

Jeha, of Calgary, has been charged with dangerous driving and failing to remain stopped at a red light, while Elamm, of Chestermere, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death.

Any Calgarians that are aware of illegal street racing within the city are encouraged to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or to call 911 if there is dangerous driving currently in progress.