The black Ford Taurus looked like a crumpled letter, the tail lights pushed almost to the steering wheel and the cab barely recognizable from the outside. Of the four individuals in the car, three had been thrown from the vehicle in the crash.
A 32-year-old woman and another female were both pronounced dead by emergency personnel, while a 19-year-old man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He passed away soon after.
The 18-year-old driving the car was also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the Taurus had been racing another car, a Mustang occupied by two 17-year-old boys. Sometime during the race down Ocean Boulevard, the two cars collided. The collision sent the Taurus careening into a concrete sign on the highway median.
The two occupants of the Mustang were not injured and, following the car accident, fled on foot. Police later arrested both young men and later found that, on top of everything, the Mustang was stolen.
On Monday, the 17-year-old driver was charged with eight felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter and manslaughter while intoxicated. Prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office have announced plans to try the young man as an adult.
No wrongful death lawsuits had been filed as of Tuesday.