Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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5 8 2019
Trujillo is the founder of Street Racing Kills, an organization devoted to educating people about the dangers of street racing. Although she routinely gives the talk at high schools, Wednesday was the first time Trujillo presented it on a college campus, To make her point, COC actors recreated the night Trujillo was called to the hospital where her daughter, Valentina, had died from injuries suffered in a traffic collision linked to street racing. An actor ushered into the lecture hall at COC’s Boykin Hall in a wheelchair portrayed her daughter’s friend who survived the crash. Another actor played Lili Trujillo herself, collapsing to the floor at the news of her daughter’s death....    SCV SIGNAL JIM HOLT


5 7 2019



Lili Trujillo, whose daughter was killed in a street-racing crash six years ago, speaks at high schools to warn about the dangers of racing. Now she wants to bring her “Street Racing Kills” talk to colleges. On Wednesday, she’s scheduled to speak about the dangers of street racing with students at College of the Canyons. Her talk begins at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1:30 p.m. in Boykin Hall, room 105. “I don’t know how many people are going to be there,” Trujillo said Tuesday. “But, even if there is just five people there, it is important to save one life. I don’t want any parent to go through what I’m going through.” On Dec. 7, 2013, Trujillo’s daughter, Valentina, was the passenger in a car driven by a man challenged to a street race. The driver ran a red light and collided with an SUV............................ CREDIT - Jim Holt - SCV SIGNAL  

4 22 2019 

I wanted to thank Michael Blake for doing a fantastic job - This case was very complex. As stated in the LA TIMES article below it is rare that Street Racers get much time, I am glad that Michael Blake 
did speak to the media, but more than his words his actions sent and will send a message to the Street Racers, Dealio got 22 years and 4 Months, and had the case not been so complex Dealio could have 
been sentenced to more time.





Parents of the California girl, 19,

Street race leads to deadly multi-vehicle crash in Commerce, CHP say



Survivor in Fatal Commerce Crash

 Has Message for Street Racers





UPDATE: Driver suspected in fatal street race charged with murder

A Whittier man suspected of racing with another driver on Interstate 5 in Commerce, causing a fiery multi-vehicle crash that killed three people, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office said.
Arraignment for Dealio Lockhart, 35, was continued until April 6.
Although prosecutor Michael Blake asked that bail be set for Lockhart at $3.2 million, bail was set, instead, at $6.2 million in a downtown Superior Court courthouse, said D.A. spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
Lockhart is suspected of racing his Dodge Challenger with another driver early Saturday in Commerce, causing a chain-reaction collision that killed two Valencia residents and a UPS truck driver from Mira Loma.
Killed were Brian Lewandowski, 18, the son of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective, and Michelle Littlefield, 19, both passengers in a Nissan with two other young people who were critically injured.
All four occupants of the Nissan were employees of Six Flags Magic Mountain returning from a trip to Disneyland.
The second car that was racing on the freeway still hasn’t been found, California Highway Patrol Officer Doris Peniche said Tuesday.
“All we know is that the (second) car is a dark-colored Dodge, either a Charger or Challenger,” she said.
The two young men in the Nissan with Littlefield and Lewandowski remained in critical condition Tuesday. They’ve been identified as Anthony Miramontes, 21, of San Fernando and Alfonso Morillo, 20, of Port Hueneme.
A man and a woman who were in separate cars also were injured, Santiago said.
Lockhart is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and four counts of reckless driving on a highway causing a specified injury.
If convicted, he faces up to life in state prison.
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Two of three people killed in a crash in Commerce that's being blamed on freeway racing lived in Valencia and worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain, sources said Sunday.
Michelle Littlefield, 19, and Brian Lewandowski, 18, both of Valencia, died as a result of injuries suffered in a crash on Interstate 5 early Saturday morning. The fatal traffic collision occurred southbound on Interstate 5 north of Triggs Street in the city of Commerce, according to the CHP.

“Tragically, three lives were lost,” Sheriff’s Department Deputy Sara Rodriguez wrote in a news release issued Sunday. “One of those lives was that of 18-year-old Brian Lewandowski.”

A UPS truck driver from Mira Loma was also killed in the crash, his brother told a television news station. But Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said Sunday the man’s body had not been officially identified, citing fire-related injuries that are making identification difficult.

Gigi Littlefield, the deceased woman's mother, was struggling with the tragic news, she told The Signal Sunday.

“This should never have happened,” she said.

Michelle Littlefield and three of her co-workers, including Lewandowski, were on their way home from a day at Disneyland when the crash occurred. The two surviving co-workers, both young men, were taken to the hospital.

“We knew immediately something happened when she didn’t come home,” Gigi Littlefield said. “We tried to find out.”

Littlefield said her daughter, her only child, was a straight-A student from West Ranch High School and never missed a day of work at Six Flags in the two years she worked there.

“She never drank. She was a good girl, a responsible girl,” she said, noting her daughter was enrolled in business classes at College of the Canyons and had applied to attendCalifornia Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo to study business there.

“She went to Cal Poly just two weeks ago,” Littlefield said. “She had so many dreams, so many plans.”
Michelle Littlefield and Brian Lewandowski were both enrolled at College of the Canyons for the spring 2016 semester, college spokesman Eric Harnish said Sunday. Her major was accounting; his was computer science, Harnish said.

Brian Lewandowski is survived by his parents, Jocelyn and Victor Lewandowski, and two brothers. Brian’s father is a homicide lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a man who worked with both victims at Six Flags, both also worked at the Santa Clarita Valley amusement park.
An official statement issued Sunday by Six Flags officials reads:

“The Six Flags Magic Mountain family was saddened to learn about two of their team members who were tragically killed in the I-5 freeway incident in Commerce, Calif., on Feb. 27. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

The Lewandowski family issued the following statement regarding the loss of their beloved son Brian Lewandowski:

“Brian was an incredible young man and every parent’s dream for a son. We are absolutely devastated by our loss.  Our hearts go out to the other victims and their families and our prayers are for the survivors’ recovery. We are very thankful for the love and support of family and friends throughout this time.”

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal traffic collision was ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the collision was encouraged to contact Officers Fonseca or Flores at the California Highway Patrol East Los Angeles Office at 323-980-4600.

CHP investigators say the crash was caused by two peole racing on the I-5. A driver identified as Dealio Lockhart, 35, of Whittier was driving a Dodge Challenger southbound on the freeway north of Triggs Street in the No. 2 lane while racing a Dodge Charger traveling in the No. 1 lane of the southbound I-5, according to a report issued by CHP Officer D. Peniche.

Lockhart observed a slower-moving vehicle ahead and attempted to go around the vehicle at the same time the drivere of the slower-moving vehicle was attempting to move to the right, Peniche said. Lockhart reportedly applied his brakes, lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the left side of a UPS tractor trailer traveling in the No. 4 lane.

The impact caused the tractor trailer driver to lose control and the truck collided into the center median and then became airborne, hitting a gray Nissan and shearing the top off it, the CHP officer said in the report.

The tractor trailer continued out of control and came to rest on top of a red Ford Explorer that had been traveling northbound on the I-5 north of Washington Boulevard.

The tractor trailer immediately became engulfed in flames, Peniche said in the CHP report.

Debris from the collision struck a fifth and sixth vehicle that had been traveling on the northbound side of the freeway.

Littlefield and Lewandowski had been in the Nissan and were declared dead at the scene. Also killed was the driver of the truck. The two other occupants of the Nissan were transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with major injuries, Peniche said.
Lockhart was arrested shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday and booked by the CHP in East Los Angeles, according to information maintained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Inmate Information Center.
Although the arrest documents do not name the specific criminal charge, they show Lockhart was
arrested on suspicion of committing a felony criminal offense.












LOS ANGELES — Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol officials asked for the public’s help Wednesday identifying the second driver believed to have caused a fiery crash on Interstate 5 last month that killed two Valencia teens and a UPS truck driver.
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Capt. Steven Katz and family members of victims appealed for help during a news conference at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles........
The 18-year-old son of a sheriff’s homicide detective was publicly identified Sunday as one of the three people killed by racing drivers on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway southeast of Los Angeles.
Brian Lewandowski was named as the third fatality from the fiery crash at 12:01 Saturday morning, on a trip with friends home from Disneyland. His name was released Sunday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The other victims killed were identified by their acquaintances. The parents of Michelle Littlefield, 19, said they lost their only child, a student studying business at College of the Canyons and an employee at Six Flags Magic Mountain, where Lewandowski also worked.
A UPS truck driver, Scott Treadway, 52, of Mira Loma, was also killed in the crash, according to his co-workers at Teamsters Local 396. He had been driving trucks for the delivery service for 30 years.
Four other people were burned in the explosive crash about eight miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Two of those were critically injured, and witnesses said they had seen people running on the freeway, their clothes burning.
Lewandowski and Littlefield were in a northbound gray Nissan that had its top sheared off when the big rig went airborne after being clipped in southbound lanes near Garfield Avenue by a Dodge Challenger that was allegedly racing a Dodge Charger, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Challenger driver — Dealio Lockhart, 35, of Whittier — remained jailed today on $1 million bail after being arrested at the scene and booked on suspicion of three counts of vehicular manslaughter, among other offenses. The Charger driver was being sought.
Lewandowski was survived by his two brothers and his parents Jocelyn and Victor Lewandowski, a homicide detective with the sheriff’s department.
“Brian was an incredible young man and every parent’s dream for a son,” according to a statement issued by his family.
“We are absolutely devastated by our loss. Our hearts go out to the other victims and their families and our prayers are for the survivors’ recovery. We are very thankful for the love and support of family and friends throughout this time.”
Six Flags Magic Mountain officials also issued a statement offering condolences. “The Six Flags Magic Mountain family was saddened to learn about two of their team members who were tragically killed in the I-5 freeway incident in Commerce… . Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”
The two Dodge muscle cars were being driven aggressively and were jockeying for position near the Citadel Outlet Mall, CHP investigators said.
Lockhart saw a vehicle moving at normal freeway speed ahead and swerved to go around it at the same time the vehicle was moving to the right, according to a CHP statement.
He applied his brakes, lost control of the car and hit the side of the UPS truck. The 18-wheeler went airborne, over the center median, and sheared off the top of the oncoming Nissan, which had Lewandowski, Littlefield and two others inside.
The truck came to rest on top of a red Ford Explorer on the northbound side of the freeway, north of Washington Boulevard, and immediately became burst into flames.
“It was fully engulfed and there were explosions at the scene from the truck which could have been tires exploding or the gas tanks,” CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.
Debris from the collision struck a Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Silverado, which were traveling on the northbound side. Treadway, Littlefield and Lewandowski were pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash created a 24-hour nightmare for motorists, backing up the freeway for miles, according to the CHP.
Lockhart, meanwhile, was being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $1 million bail and is due in court on Tuesday, also in downtown Los Angeles, according to sheriff’s online jail records. 
Witnesses who saw the crash were asked to call the CHP’s East Los Angeles office at (323) 980-4600.














Search Result
ALSO KNOWN AS (AKA)
Booking No.Last NameFirst NameMiddle NameSexRaceDate Of BirthAge
4591699LOCKHART  DEALIO  06/25/1980 35 
LOCKHART  DEALIO  M  
Booking No.: 4591699       Last Name: LOCKHART       First Name: DEALIO       Middle Name: M

Sex: M       Race: B       Date Of Birth: 06/25/1980       Age: 35       Hair: BLK       Eyes: BRO       Height: 600       Weight: 170
Charge Level: F   (Felony)

ARREST
Arrest Date: 02/27/2016       Arrest Time: 0127       Arrest Agency: 9935       Agency Description: CHP-EAST LA STATION

Date Booked: 02/27/2016       Time Booked: 1216       Booking Location: IRC       Location Description: IRC

BAIL
Total Bail Amount: 6,200,000.00       Total Hold Bail Amount: 0.00       Grand Total: 6,200,000.00

HOUSING LOCATION
Housing Location: TTCF

Permanent Housing Assigned Date: 05/03/2016       Assigned Time: 1927       Visitor Status: 0

Facility: TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Address: 450 BAUCHET STREET       City: LOS ANGELES

Public Visiting Guidelines       Facility Visiting Schedule

For County facility visiting hours, Please call (213) 473-6080 at Inmate Information Center.

COURT
Next Court Code: M30       Next Court Date: 07/07/2016       Next Court Time: 0830       Next Court Case: BA44455201

Court Name: LOS ANGELES MUNI CT DIV 30
Court Address: 210 W. TEMPLE STREET       Court City: LOS ANGELESUPT

RELEASE
No Information On Release Date.

CASE INFORMATION
Case No.Court NameCourt AddressCourt CityBail Amt.Fine Amt.Court DateSent. DateSent. Day(s)Disp Code
BA********6,200,000.00 .00 07/07/2016 

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