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Friends Say Racing Killed Crash Victim

Michael Pyper died as people left a football game at Rancho Buena Vista High School



    Friends Say Racing Killed Crash Victim
    Michael Pyper would have turned 18 on Sunday.

    A 17-year-old who died in a rollover crash after leaving a football game at Buena Vista High School was racing against three other cars when he lost control, according to his friends.

    “He was going fast,” Brian Sandoval said. “We won, everyone was excited, they were coming home to pick up one of their friends and they were speeding and seeing who could get there first.”

    Michael Pyper lost control on Lake Boulevard at Ridge Road in Oceanside, hit several trees and was ejected from his vehicle, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.

    “We came when all the cops were already here,” Pyper’s friend, Omar Sarwan said. “Right when I heard the news, I couldn’t believe it.”

    Friends Say Racing Killed Crash Victim

    [DGO] Friends Say Racing Killed Crash Victim
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    Sarwan said Pyper wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and flew out of the windshield. He died at the scene at 10.25 p.m.

    A lot of people saw the crash scene as they headed home from the game.

    “I pulled over to help administer CPR but he was in too bad of condition,” Laketa Ducat said.

    Pyper would have turned 18 on Sunday. He was listed on the Rancho Buena Vista High School football team's roster for the 2008-2009 season, according to

    “He was our best friend. Just Thursday we were talking, you know. He wanted me to go to the game with him. I kind of didn’t want to go. Maybe if I was there I could have stopped it,” Sarwan said. “I know how he was with his car. He loved his car. He just wanted to push it to the limit.”

    Sandoval said the lesson to be learned from this tragedy is common sense.

    “I’ve never been so mad in my life. I feel like, having one of the best friends I’ve ever known die over something so stupid,” Sandoval said.  “I used to want to street race, but after this, it’s just a slap in the face… nothing good comes out of a street race. It’s just stupid.”

    Both friends describe Pyper as a great guy who loved life and always make them smile.

    “You just see a text message from him at six in the morning saying ‘have a great day, I love you.’ I’ve never got that from somebody, ever,” Sarwan said. “It’s not worth it. It’s not worth it. That two seconds of winning, it’s not worth it. I just hope everybody, all of our friends, everybody learns.”

    Pyper lived with his parents in Vista, according to the Medical Examiner. No one else was in the car when it crashed.

    “It’s really hard to believe that my best friend, our best friend is gone,” Sarwan said.