A longtime newspaper editor died Thursday in a fiery crash triggered by a street race involving two other drivers, one of whom was hospitalized, Santa Ana police said.

The collision happened just before 11:45 a.m. at Bristol Street and Santa Clara Avenue, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. The drivers of a BMW and another vehicle were racing north on Bristol when the BMW slammed into a Ford F-150 pickup truck making a left turn on Santa Clara to southbound Bristol, Bertagna alleged.

The pickup skidded 60 to 70 feet into a wall and caught fire, he said.

Two residents dashed out of their nearby home to help pull the driver out of the wreckage as a police officer on scene helped extinguish the blaze, Bertagna said.

Eugene Harbrecht, 67, was rushed to UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Santa Ana resident had worked at the Orange County Register since 1984, most recently as the national and international news editor for the greater Southern California News Group, according to the newspaper.

The driver of the totaled BMW was also transported to an area hospital with injuries of unknown severity, according to Bertagna, who said police later tracked down the driver of the other vehicle, a black Infiniti, and took him into custody.

Their names were not immediate released.

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