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2 Die, 1 Critically Injured in Possible Racing Crash

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Two people were killed and another was critically hurt in a La Puente car crash on April 5. The California Highway Patrol said the accident, which occurred at approximately 3:21 a.m., may have been caused by street racing.

According to authorities, a white Chevrolet Malibu was speeding southbound on Puente Avenue when it lost control and smashed into a Ford truck that was legally parked on the street. The collision was so violent it pushed the Ford a significant distance from the point of impact.

Two occupants of the Chevrolet, a 19-year-old man La Puente man and a 26-year-old West Covina man, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A female passenger in the car, age 23, suffered major injuries and was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Police are investigating whether alcohol and street racing were involved in the accident. Witnesses told authorities that a beige sedan was racing alongside the Chevrolet moments before the crash. Investigators said there were no skid marks on the pavement to indicate the driver of the Chevrolet attempted to slow down. The car was thought to be traveling well above the posted speed limit of 40 to 45 mph.

Fatal car accidents are thoroughly investigated by the police in order to determine the cause of the crash. If authorities find driver negligence played a role in the accident, anyone injured as a result may wish to use the accident report as the basis for a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation. Likewise, the family of deceased victims may file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages. If the driver was also killed in the crash, a claim may be filed against his or her insurance company and estate.

Source: ABC 7, "2 Killed, 1 Injured In Possible Street Racing Crash In La Puente," Darsha Philips, April 5, 2015