Wreckage from the crash
Los Angeles firefighters examine the wreckage of the BMW. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A motorist speeding in a silver BMW 340i was killed along with his three passengers when he lost control of his car while racing with a black sedan in Northridge and crashed into some vehicles and a light pole, authorities said Saturday.

Killed in the crash were Amanda Alfar, 22, of Panorama City; Leena Ammari, 21 of Reseda; Martin Gomez, 20, of Granada Hills, and Denney Lomeli, 20, of North Hills, said Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

It was unclear which male occupant drove the car, Smith said.

The collision was reported at 10:56 p.m. Friday in the 9900 block of Balboa Boulevard, near Lassen Street, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. All four victims were determined to be dead at the scene, Stewart said.

All four occupants were in a silver BMW 340i that was racing eastbound on Lassen Street with a dark-colored sedan when the driver of the BMW lost control of his car east of Balboa Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The car went in a northeasterly direction into the westbound lanes of Lassen Street, where it hit a light pole on the north side of Lassen. The BMW then continued in a northeast direction where it struck a tree, and the impact caused the car to burst into flames.

The dark-colored sedan was last seen speeding eastbound on Lassen Street.

Detectives from the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (818) 644-8029.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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