The California Highway Patrol has identified two men killed in Whittier Wednesday morning, after a crash authorities say may have been caused by street racing.
The crash occurred about 4:20 a.m. Wednesday at Slauson Avenue and Boer Avenue, according to CHP, which is handling the investigation. Moises Duran and Christopher Rivera, both Whittier residents, died at the scene. Duran was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion and Rivera was his passenger, according to the coroner’s office and the CHP.
The Fusion was eastbound on Slauson Avenue when it crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and collided head-on with two pickup trucks headed westbound, according to the CHP. According to the Los Angeles Times, it “looked like it had been split in half.”
One of the pickups, a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, ended up upside down. The other, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, was on the sidewalk pinned between a tree and bushes near a home. The drivers of those vehicles suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital, the CHP reported.
”According to witnesses, the driver of the Ford Fusion may have been engaged in a speed contest with another vehicle prior to this collision, and the Ford was going in excess of the posted speed limit of 40 mph before the driver lost control,” according to a CHP statement. ”The other vehicle possibly involved in the speed contest was described as a mid-1990s to early-2000s BMW 3-series sedan, gray in color.”
The driver of the BMW was described as a white man in his 20s. Witnesses told the CHP that he stopped briefly at the scene and got out of his car but drove away before paramedics arrived.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the CHP Santa Fe Springs Area office at (562) 868-0503.