Two motorists have been detained after a USC student was killed while crossing a street near the campus, according to multiple media reports.
The victim, identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office as 21-year-old Arian Rahbar, was crossing Jefferson Boulevard at Harvard Boulevard near his home when he was struck at about 3 p.m. Saturday, police said.
The vehicle that hit him was traveling eastbound on Jefferson, according to a dispatcher with the Los Angeles Police Department. Rahbar was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver stopped, the dispatcher said.
Multiple reports said the vehicle was in a street race with another vehicle at the time of the crash and both drivers were taken into custody. The cars — a Dodge and an Infiniti — were also in police custody, LAPD Detective Ryan Moreno told KTLA5.
“You have two cars, possibly from two local car clubs that are known for racing, doing the street racing, so we’re still piecing that together, but unfortunately, it’s something you’re seeing a lot more of nowadays,” Moreno said.