LA PUENTE (CBSLA.com) — A two-vehicle crash that killed two people and sent a third to the hospital with major injuries early Sunday morning in La Puente, may have been the result of street racing, authorities said.
The crash occurred just after 3:20 a.m. at North Puente Avenue and Amar Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The dead men and injured woman were in a white, 2000 Chevrolet Malibu that was speeding on Puente Avenue. The driver, a 26-year-old man from West Covina, lost control of the car and crashed into the back of a parked Ford pickup, the CHP crash report says.READ MORE: Dodgers Down Padres In 12-Inning Classic Thanks To Seager Home Run
The other man killed in the crash was identified by family as 19-year-old Jonathan Londono of La Puente resident. The injured woman, 23, was taken by paramedics to Lost Angeles County/USC Medical Center, a Los Angeles County fire dispatcher told City News Service.
The CHP crash report states that a witness said the Malibu “may have been racing a beige sedan.”
“I didn’t know what it was,” resident Richard Koutsky said. “I thought it was a meteor or something. It was that loud.”READ MORE: LIVE UPDATES: Funeral Underway As England Mourns Loss Of Prince Philip
Residents in the area, meanwhile, say that this would not be the first street-racing-related incident that marked tragedy on the street.
“If they don’t do something, they’re going to continue doing it until they kill another person,” resident Augi Villalobos said.
A crowd began gathering at the sight of the crash on Sunday evening, lighting candles in vigil.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the CHP Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.MORE NEWS: 2 Long Beach Grocery Stores Shutting Down Saturday Over Hero Pay Law
A fundraiser for Londono is set to be held on Monday, at 738 N. Sierra Vista Ct., in La Puente. Food will be sold and donations will be accepted.