Authorities on Saturday are looking for a driver who fled the scene of a crash that killed two and injured three in a commercial area of Sun Valley.
A male motorist in a dark-colored Dodge Charger was either racing with or driving recklessly alongside a white Dodge Charger eastbound on San Fernando Road when the latter "broadsided" a Toyota Corolla just after 7 p.m. Friday, according to Los Angeles police.
The driver of the Corolla, who was not involved in the alleged race, was turning left onto Lankershim Boulevard when the collision happened, Detective Meghan Aguilar said.
The white Charger came to rest at an intersection, while the Corolla was found farther up the road due to the impact from the crash. Heavy damages to the Toyota made it difficult to determine the car model, Aguilar said Friday night.
The person behind the wheel of the dark Charger continued east on San Fernando Road without stopping to assist the injured, LAPD spokesman Tony Im told KTLA.
The two occupants of the Toyota were later pronounced dead at the scene, according to the agency.
The coroner identified the driver as 59-year-old Olivia Enriquez West of Sun Valley. Officials have yet to release the name of her passenger, described by LAPD as a man in his 50s, but family members identified him as Olivia Enriquez's husband of 25 years, Leland West.
The three occupants of the white Charger were hospitalized. LAPD intended to arrest the driver, a 25-year-old woman from Pacoima, and book her on suspicion of murder, Im said.
"The driver of the white Dodge displayed a willful disregard for human life," LAPD said in a statement.
She and her female passenger suffered severe injuries and remain at the hospital, according to the agency. The other passenger only sustained minor injuries and has been discharged.
Officials did not plan to arrest the two passengers.
The crash took place about half a mile away from the victims' Sun Valley home, family members said.
"They were happy people," Olivia West's sister Aurora Rincon told KTLA. "They stayed home. They never went out. They were happy living with each other."
"For somebody to just be out having fun, joyriding, and not care... because they know, if you're going a certain speed, you're probably going to kill yourself or someone else," she said.
The dark car believed to have been racing with the white Charger had not been found Saturday.
The lack of motorists and lights in that industrial part of Sun Valley typically draw street racers, according to Aguilar.
"Speed kills, and reckless driving will not be tolerated in the City of Los Angeles," LAPD said in a statement.
Earlier, LAPD announced looking for a male individual who exited the white Charger and ran toward a train track after the collision. That person turned out to be just a bystander, Im later told KTLA.
Anyone with information can call the department's Valley Traffic Bureau at 818-644-8000.