Law enforcement authorities reported that two black Chevy pickup trucks were apparently street racing in Paramount on Nov. 12 and caused a five-vehicle collision. The accident allegedly occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the intersection of Orange Avenue and Somerset Boulevard.

According to reports, the two drivers were racing side by side in the north lanes of Orange Avenue as they approached the intersection. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, one of the two trucks managed to cross the intersection while the other allegedly struck a 2004 Ford pickup truck that was crossing the intersection. One person inside of the Ford was killed in the resulting collision.

The initial collision apparently set off a chain-reaction crash, involving a total of five vehicles. In addition to the fatally injured Ford occupant, five other people required transportation for medical treatment to area hospitals. Two of those who were injured were reportedly in critical condition. The Chevy driver who collided with the Ford was arrested and taken into custody. Law enforcement officers apparently have not yet located the other alleged street racer and are currently trying to find him or her. The driver of that vehicle apparently didn’t stop and kept driving away from the serious multi-vehicle collision.

When a person is killed as a result of a reckless or negligent driver, the driver may face criminal penalties for their wrongful conduct. If the family of a person who is killed files a wrongful death lawsuit, the driver may additionally face civil liability for their actions. Families of people who are killed in car accidents by negligent drivers may benefit by seeking the advice of a personal injury attorney. While a lawsuit cannot replace their lost loved one, families may recover compensatory damages for the losses they sustained.

Source: KTLA, “One Dead, Two Critical After Apparent Street Racing Crash in Paramount“, Kennedy Ryan and Eric Spillman , November 13, 2014