Three people were killed and two others suffered major injuries in a three-vehicle crash in Burbank, which officials believe involved street racing.
According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the crash occurred on the night of Aug. 3 on North Glenoaks Boulevard at Andover Drive.
When police officers and paramedics arrived at the scene, they found two males and a female who had been ejected from a silver Volkswagen. All were unconscious and not breathing, and were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth occupant of the vehicle had sustained serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
The deceased victims were identified as Cerain Anthony Raekwon Baker, 21, son of comedian Tony Baker, Jaiden Kishon Johnson, 20, and Natalee Asal Moghaddam, 19.
Officers located a second vehicle, a gray Kia, which was occupied by just the driver. He had suffered major injuries and was taken to a hospital as well. A black Mercedes was also involved, but police said the two occupants of that vehicle were interviewed by officials and released.
Police said their investigation showed the Kia and Mercedes were traveling north on Glenoaks at a high rate of speed and appeared to be racing. The Volkswagen was trying to negotiate a left turn from south Glenoaks to eastbound Andover when the collision occurred. The crash remains under investigation and officials have said they will likely file charges. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information was asked to contact the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau at 818-238-3100.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victims for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on preliminary investigation reports, it appears that the people who ended up dying in this crash were innocent bystanders who fell victim to drivers who were speeding and racing each other on a public roadway, which is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 23109 (a). Neighbors have told NBC that the portion of Glenoaks Boulevard where this fatal collision occurred has been known for street racing, which has particularly increased during the pandemic.
In such cases, the at-fault parties can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages, and losses they cause through a civil lawsuit, in addition to facing criminal charges and penalties. Injured victims and their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.