Who is Dealio Lockhart charged with three murders in fiery crash after racing on 5 freeway in Los Angeles, California
If convicted, Lockhart faces up to life in state prison.
Dodge Challenger, which was traveling at 127 mph 2 1/2 seconds before the crash."This was an 11-mile race," the prosecutor said, noting that it stretched from Beverly Boulevard to Washington Boulevard
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Suspected street racer arrested in crash that killed three and shut down 5 Freeway
Street racing is being blamed for a multivehicle crash on the 5 Freeway in Commerce early Saturday that left three people dead and shut down the highway in both directions.
The drivers of two vehicles were racing in the southbound lanes near Washington Boulevard shortly after midnight Friday, when one of them lost control of his vehicle and veered into a UPS big-rig, authorities said. The UPS truck slammed into the center divider, then flipped over into the northbound lanes and collided with several oncoming vehicles, causing an explosion, said Sgt. Luis Mendoza of the California Highway Patrol.
Three people died at the scene and four others were injured, Mendoza said.
Dealio Lockhart, 35, of Whittier, identified as one of the suspected street racers, was arrested at the scene and will face vehicular manslaughter charges, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol.
CHP Officer Alex Rubio said Lockhart admitted to investigators that he had been racing.
Lockhart, who was driving a Dodge Challenger, was racing the driver of a Dodge Charger at the time of the crash, authorities said. Lockhart tried to swerve around a slower vehicle, applied hisbrakes and lost control of his car, crashing into the UPS truck and triggering the fiery pileup.
The big rig became airborne and hit a gray Nissan, shearing its top off, before coming to rest atop a red Ford Explorer on the northbound side of the freeway, according to the CHP statement.
The male driver of the big rig and two women in the Nissan died at the scene, CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said.
Mendoza said the driver of the big rig appeared to be a white male adult in his 50s while the dead women “looked like they were in their very low 20s … very young.”
Kyle Peterson, a UPS spokesman, said the company would cooperate with any investigation by law enforcement and would conduct its own investigation into the incident as well.
Peterson would not disclose the name of the driver or detail his experience with the company, but said the man worked at a UPS facility in Cerritos.
Four other people were injured and transferred to local hospitals where they were in critical condition, Mendoza said.
The driver of the Charger remains at large.
This is a special report on illegal Street Racing. Parts of this was shot during two recent Drag-net Bust's on airport Drive in Ontario, Ca
The Bust was Sept 27th 2008 not 2009 "typo"