Two men were killed and two others were slightly injured Wednesday in a three-vehicle hit-and-run crash in the Whittier area that may have involved street racing, authorities said.
The crash occurred about 4:20 a.m. on Slauson Avenue east of Alburtis Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol, which is handling the investigation.
Two Whittier men, ages 28 and 30, died at the scene. Authorities withheld the names of the men, who were in a 2014 Ford Fusion that was driven by the younger man, the CHP reported.
The Fusion was eastbound on Slauson Avenue when the sedan crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and collided head-on with two pickup trucks that were headed westbound on Slauson Avenue, according to the CHP.
The drivers of the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado suffered minor injuries, the CHP reported.
“According to witnesses, the driver of the Ford Fusion may have been engaged in a speed contest with another vehicle prior to this collision, and the Ford was going in excess of the posted speed limit of 40 mph before the driver lost control,” according to a CHP statement. “The other vehicle possibly involved in the speed contest was described as a mid-1990s to early 2000s BMW 3-series sedan, gray in color.”
The driver of the BMW was described as a white man in his 20s. Witnesses told the CHP that he stopped briefly at the scene and got out of his car, but drove away before paramedics arrived.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the CHP Santa Fe Springs Area office at (562) 868-0503.