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1 driver arrested in deadly Sun Valley crash thought to involve racing, LAPD calls on 2nd motorist to surrender

Los Angeles police are calling on the driver of a dark-colored Dodge Charger to turn himself in following an alleged illegal street race collision that killed two people in Sun Valley on Friday, April 12.

  • Two people in a Toyota who were killed in Sun Valley might have been innocent victims caught in a street race between two speeding Dodge Chargers. A white 2015 Dodge Charger was speeding eastbound on San Fernando Road about 7:10 p.m. Friday along with a dark-colored Dodge Charger when the white car struck a blue 1998 Toyota Corolla that was making a left turn onto Lankershim Boulevard from westbound San Fernando Road, officials said. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Fresh tire burnout marks on Lankershim Boulevard near San Fernando Road. Two people in a Toyota who were killed in Sun Valley might have been innocent victims caught in a street race between two speeding Dodge Chargers. A white 2015 Dodge Charger was speeding eastbound on San Fernando Road about 7:10 p.m. Friday along with a dark-colored Dodge Charger when the white car struck a blue 1998 Toyota Corolla that was making a left turn onto Lankershim Boulevard from westbound San Fernando Road, police said. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • The street light seen Monday, April 15, 2019, that was replaced over the weekend at the intersection of San Fernando Road. and Lankershim Boulevard. Two people in a Toyota who were killed in Sun Valley might have been innocent victims caught in a street race between two speeding Dodge Chargers. A white 2015 Dodge Charger was speeding eastbound on San Fernando Road about 7:10 p.m. Friday along with a dark-colored Dodge Charger when the white car struck a blue 1998 Toyota Corolla that was making a left turn onto Lankershim Boulevard from westbound San Fernando Road, police said. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The second car involved in a deadly high-speed collision at Lankershim Boulevard and San Fernando Road in Sunland just after 7 p.m. Friday. Two people were killed as a result of the crash and one car’s engine was completely torn out. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Meadows)

  • The engine is gone from this car, one of two involved in a horrific collision at Lankershim Boulevard and San Fernando Road in Sunland just after 7 p.m. Friday evening, April 12. The collision left two dead at the scene. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Meadows)

The black or dark blue Charger was allegedly racing a white Dodge Charger east on San Fernando Road at about 7:10 p.m. when the white car struck a Toyota Corolla turning left onto Lankershim Boulevard, according to authorities.

The collision killed the Corolla’s driver, Olivia Enriquez, 59, of Sun Valley and her passenger, a man in his 50s, both of whom died at the scene. The unidentified male driver of the dark-colored Charger, which did not make contact with the Corolla, did not stop after the collision and is being sought by authorities.

“To the person engaged in the street race, turn yourself in. Come to the Police Department, give us a statement, answer for your involvement in this accident,” LAPD Detective Daniel Menesez of the Valley Traffic Division said Monday.

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The double-fatality collision brings the number of confirmed deaths due to illegal street racing in the San Fernando Valley to three so far this year, according to the LAPD Valley Traffic Division’s Sgt. Gregory Fuqua, officer-in-charge of a task force dedicated to combating illegal street racing and related activities.

“It might not necessarily be an uptick in activity because we’ve seen a decrease in organized street racing and takeovers, but it goes to show these things can end up in fatal accidents,” Fuqua said.

Vanessa Jaramillo, 25, of Pacoima, who police identified as the driver of the white Charger, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition, Menesez said. Her two passengers were also injured.

“Because of the excessive speed and the close proximity of the (speeding Dodge Chargers), it is believed that a street race was underway,” Menesez said.

On Monday, police were interviewing witnesses and canvassing the area for video as part of the probe, Menesez said. Several witnesses have been identified.

“LAPD will take any claim of street racing very seriously – and investigate it to the fullest extent,” he said. “Street racing is having deadly consequences on our streets.”

Since 2015, at least 15 people have died from illegal street racing incidents in the San Fernando Valley, Fuqua said. The longtime scourge in the Valley continues to vex authorities as well as community members.

“We have our work cut for us; the need for our services is more evident than ever,” said Aaron Schwartzbart, president and pastor at MotorGospel Ministries, which works to get illegal street racers off the streets and into legal racing venues.

Schwartzbart said his Granada Hills-based organization is working on an expanded program as part of its effort to save lives that would otherwise be claimed by the illegal sport.

A crash in Woodland Hills that killed a Panorama City man in March also involved illegal street racing, Fuqua said. A 17-year-old male driver, along with an adult female driver, were arrested on suspicion of murder. The teen was driving his parents’ Mercedes at the time, he said.

Parents should “be responsible when they’re allowing the kids to use their vehicles and make sure they know where they’re at and not involved in these illegal street racing activities,” Fuqua said.

Separately, an 18-year-old Woodland Hills man was sentenced to probation up to the age of 21 along with 500 hours of community service in March in juvenile court after he was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in connection with a Tarzana crash in January 2017.

Los Angeles police and prosecutors alleged that the teen, who was 16 years old at the time, was engaged in an illegal street race on Ventura Boulevard when he fatally struck a motorist from Encino. His friend, who police said was racing him in another vehicle, was placed on six months of house arrest as part of a negotiated deal.

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