Authorities reported Thursday that a fourth person died of injuries suffered when two cars collided during an illegal street race in Commerce, and the second motorist involved in the Nov. 14 crash is still being sought.
Three people died at the scene of the 1:10 a.m. crash in the 2600 block of South Malt Avenue — Oscar Alexis Sanchez, 15, of South Gate; Guillerno Gutierrez, 29, of Los Angeles; and Oscar Gutierrez-Sabino, 27, also of Los Angeles, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
One of two critically injured patients died on Dec. 13, said Nicole Nishida of the sheriff’s department. Winter identified him as Christian Omar Rosales-Moreno, 24, of the Fresno area.
On Nov. 16, investigators booked Bryan Morales, 18, of Pacoima on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, and he was released the following day on $50,000 bail. No charges have been filed, the sheriff’s department reported.
Morales allegedly was driving a Dodge Charger in a race with another vehicle when the Dodge crashed into a Ford Mustang whose driver was doing a “burnout” in the path of the two racing vehicles, according to the sheriff’s department.
The force of the collision caused the Dodge to hit a Chevrolet pickup truck parked near the curb, according to a sheriff’s statement.
About 80 people were gathered at the location, and at least five of them were standing near the parked truck. The force of the impact sent at least five people flying more than 30 feet.
Anyone with information about the identity of the driver of the Mustang was urged to call Investigator John Huerta, (323) 981-5014; or Sgt. T.J. Smith, (323) 981-5020.
—City News Service