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The Board of Supervisors Tuesday renewed two $10,000 rewards in an effort to track down one of two street racers involved in a crash that killed three people on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and to solve a fatal shooting in Long Beach.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Michael Antonovich recommended extending the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a second driver in the Feb. 27 crash that killed Brian Lewandowski, Michelle Littlefield and Scott Treadway.

The reward, part of $36,000 offered in the case, was set to expire June 1 and will now be available for at least another 90 days.

Dealio Lockhart, 35, of Whittier, faces three counts of murder stemming from the crash that occurred just after midnight when he lost control of his Dodge Challenger while allegedly racing the driver of a Dodge Charger near the Citadel Outlets in Commerce.

Prosecutors allege the drivers of the two muscle cars had been racing for 11 miles and Lockhart was speeding at 127 mph just before he swerved around another vehicle traveling at normal freeway speed and lost control of his car.

The Challenger hit a UPS 18-wheeler, which went airborne and over the center median, shearing off the top of an oncoming Nissan with four people inside, before landing on top of a Ford Explorer and bursting into flames, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash killed Treadway, a 52-year-old UPS driver from Mira Loma, who had been driving trucks for the delivery service for 30 years; and Littlefield, 19, and Lewandowski, 18, both of Valencia, who were in the Nissan.

Lewandowski, the son of a sheriff’s homicide detective, and Littlefield – – who were both students at College of the Canyons and worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia — were returning from a trip to Disneyland when they were killed.

Two other people in the Nissan were critically injured.

Investigators, who are still trying to identify the driver of the Dodge Charger, asked anyone with information about the crash to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or the CHP’s East Los Angeles Office, (323) 980-4600.

Supervisor Don Knabe recommended extending the reward in the case of 22- year-old Jeremy Cornell McFarland to help draw out reluctant witnesses. The reward, set to expire May 22, will now be available for at least another 90 days.

About 4 a.m. last Sept. 24, McFarland’s body was discovered on a grass parkway in the 700 block of East 56th Street, around the corner from where he once lived. He had been shot in the chest.

Several witnesses said they heard the shots, but no one has come forward to provide a description. A half-dozen .32-caliber shell casings and one bullet were recovered from the scene.

Knabe, who said McFarland had family in the area, asked anyone with more information to call Long Beach homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244.

—City News Service

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