NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (KTLA) – Road rage or street racing may have been a factor in an accident near a Metro bus stop that left two people dead and four critically injured, authorities said Thursday.
The accident happened Wednesday just before 8:30 p.m. near the corner of Tampa Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard in Northridge, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“We extricated one male patient from the blue truck, using the Jaws of Life. We peeled back the metal and were able to extricate that person,” said Battalion Chief Trevor Richmond of the LAFD. “All patients were transported, were breathing. Their injuries are critical, however. They’ve been transported to local trauma centers.”
Two of the victims later succumbed to their injuries. Los Angeles police identified them as 19-year-old Jasmine Dubon, of Northridge, and 24-year-old Pablo Castaneda, of Canoga Park.
Dubon was struck by the vehicle that Castaneda was driving, a 2007 Tacoma pickup truck, police said.
Investigators believed road rage or street racing may have led to the crash.
“The Toyota Tacoma and the third vehicle, which is a Nissan Maxima, were both speeding,” Lt. David Perry of the LAPD said.
Authorities said the crash was still under investigation.