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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:19 pm | Updated: 1:37 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

KODIAK, Alaska — A second man has been charged in a street-racing crash that left a Kodiak teenager dead.

Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai tells KMXT-FM (http://bit.ly/a0fgrl) that 20-year-old Markryan Portillo was charged Monday with second-degree murder and felony assault.

Police say Portillo was driving the car in which 19-year-old Austin Long was riding when it crashed during an illegal race on the Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge.

Long died when Portillo's car hit an oncoming pickup. Long's car had been bumped by a car driven by 19-year-old William Mecham. Police estimate the cars had reached 60 mph on the quarter-mile bridge to Near Island.

Mecham is charged with first-degree murder and driving under the influence.

Portillo suffered injuries in the crash that required a hospital stay. He remained jailed Tuesday.

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