Two people were killed Wednesday in a fiery collision when a Dodge Challenger involved in an illegal street race hit their car from behind, causing it to spin out of control and slam into a light pole, authorities said.
The victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported about 12:30 a.m. at 11th Street West and Rancho Vista Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They were in a Toyota Corolla that burst into flames, sparking a vegetation fire that was extinguished by firefighters.
A sheriff’s official told KTLA5 that the Challenger was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed in the number two lane on Rancho Vista when it hit the Corolla from behind, causing the driver to lose control of the car, which hit a light pole and rolled over, becoming fully engulfed in flames. The male driver was ejected, and the female passenger was trapped inside.
The driver of the Challenger abandoned the car and left the scene in another vehicle described by witnesses a dark blue Infiniti.
No information was available on the other vehicle involved in the street race.
A man who tried to save the male victim described what happened.
“He was moaning, he was groaning ” Jonathan Craig told Channel 5. “I was burning my hands. I took off my apron to try to pull him without burning myself. I pulled him to safety, which I thought was safety, and he stayed with me for about two more minutes. I tried to keep his attention, you know, telling him to stay with me because he was groaning, he was still breathing, and eventually he stopped breathing. I never thought I’d witness something like that, dude, to be honest.”
The names of the fatally injured victims were not immediately released.