ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — It was a startling moment for an Anaheim community that had neighbors running outside around 2 a.m. Saturday
Amanda Alvarez was one of the first to see a car on fire and several more damaged and wondered what exactly happened.
“I walked a few feet down to see all the mangled cars in the parking lot and one of them was mine,” Alvarez said.
Investigators say the mangled piece of metal was once a 2003 Infiniti and it was carrying three people when it crashed two of them died. Police say the driver of this car was street racing, going 80 to 100 miles an hour on Ball Road. The other car, a red sports car, kept going.
“It’s a tragic event, a horrific crash and the important thing is it is 100 percent preventable,” Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
Investigators believe the speeding car hit a curb, four parked vehicles and then slammed into the wall all before bursting in to flames.
“They could have been just cruising along and they’ve got two muscle cars and decide to engage in this type pf behavior,” Wyatt Said.
The 19-year-old driver and another man in the back seat didn’t survive, a 24 year old front seat passenger suffered second degree burns.
“It’s tragic we have any loss of life but its fortunate it’s only from that vehicle,” Wyatt said.
Neighbors say street racing is a huge problem in the area. As for the second speeding car police are hoping someone comes forward and neighbors hope this crash serves as a lesson discouraging speeders and preventing another senseless death.