LANCASTER – A 17-year-old Lancaster High School student was critically injured Thursday after he lost control of a car during a street race and crashed into a light pole, sheriff’s deputies said. The boy’s 1995 Mitsubishi had been drag-racing another teen’s Honda on 35th Street West, which adjoins the high school campus, and went out of control when he tried to avoid oncoming traffic, deputies said. “It generally happens in the evenings on weekends. We’re seeing more of it creep into the day,” sheriff’s Sgt. Jay Bluff said of street racing. The crash happened just after 9 a.m. Thursday, after Lancaster High classes had started for the day. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The teen was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with head and chest injuries, deputies said. A passenger, who ran off after the crash but came back later after calling a parent, suffered minor injuries, deputies said. The second driver drove off after the crash, but returned some time later and admitted his involvement, deputies said. That boy, also a 17-year-old Lancaster High student, was cited on suspicion of engaging in a speed contest, and his 1991 Honda was impounded. Both drivers could be subject to criminal prosecution for their parts in the race, deputies said. Their names were not released because of their ages. The injured passenger was also a 17-year-old Lancaster High student.