Police continue searching for the hit-and-run driver who struck three pedestrians, killing two and seriously injuring a third in Chatsworth during a street race, authorities said.
One of the victims, 26-year-old Eric Siguenza of Los Angeles, died at the scene and a man in his 50s died at a hospital, according to the coroner’s office and police. A third man was hospitalized with serious injuries.
The crash occurred around 2:05 a.m. Thursday, in the 21400 block of Plummer Street, near Canoga Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Two cars, one of them a Ford Mustang modified for illegal street racing, were racing when the Mustang crashed into the victims, who were among around 60 people watching cars race, said Detective Bill Bustos at a Thursday afternoon news conference at the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division.
The vehicles were racing westbound on Plummer Street from Canoga Avenue when the Mustang crashed, Bustos said.
The Mustang driver, 21-year-old Henry Michael Gevorgyan, left the scene, abandoning the vehicle, and was being sought, Bustos said. Gevorgyan’s photo was displayed at the news conference.
Police will seek murder charges in the case, LAPD Capt. John McMahon said.
The name of the other deceased victim is being withheld pending family notifications, Bustos said.
The injured victim who survived remained hospitalized in stable condition, police said.
Video broadcast by ABC7 showed the Mustang racing another car before it veered to the right and crashed.
Anyone with information about Gevorgyan’s whereabouts or the crash in general was urged to contact the Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8000. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.