Authorities Wednesday announced the arrests of the two drivers allegedly involved in an illegal street race in Carson on Christmas day that left a bystander dead and several other people injured.
The crash in the 900 block of East 230th Street about 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 25 took the life of 66-year-old Daniel Patten II of Long Beach, who was among a crowd of spectators, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Following the crash, the drivers involved got out of their cars and fled the area, according to a sheriff’s department statement.
At a news conference Wednesday morning at the sheriff’s Carson Station, which was attended by the victim’s brother, authorities announced the arrests of Tony Tatum, 36, and Henry Hurtado, 33. Both were both booked on suspicion of murder with bail set at $2 million.
Two other people also were arrested, including the alleged organizer of the race, whose 14-year-old son was injured in the crash. He was booked on suspicion of conspiracy and child neglect. Sheriff’s officials did not immediately release his name or that of the other arrestee.
Video posted to social media showed two cars racing on a narrow street and crashing into each other near a crowd of people. The video footage helped authorities identify the drivers, according to the sheriff’s department.
“My message is … when you come to Carson, know that our Carson Sheriff’s Station is gonna take you down,” Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes said at the news conference.
Russ Patten told KTLA5 his brother was a photographer/videographer who often covered car shows and surf competitions and “made friends wherever he went.”
`He loved cars, he loved the beach, and anywhere there was a car show or a surf competition, he was there to cover it,” he said. “And I’m just hoping that justice prevails and they do some time.”