Dashcam records hit-and-run on 5 Freeway in Downey that killed man and woman; suspect arrested

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Two people died and a man was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run following a violent crash on the 5 Freeway in Downey on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The collision took place about 2:40 p.m. along the southbound 5 Freeway at the Paramount Boulevard offramp, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Elizabeth Kravig.

A dashcam on another car caught the moments leading up to the deadly crash on video.

In the video, a white vehicle can be seen rear-ending a red car before the red car veers out of control and tumbles off the roadway and down an embankment, where it struck a tree.

Downey Police Department officers soon found the white car believed to have been involved in the crash in the area of Florence Avenue and Studebaker Road, CHP Sgt. Adam Carmichael told KTLA.

“The driver was interviewed, detained and later arrested,” the sergeant said.

CHP later identified him as 24-year-old Cash Rencanzone of Peoria, Arizona, who was driving a Fiat 500.

Rencanzone allegedly fled the scene on foot but a witness followed him, CHP said.

He was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, but investigators don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the incident.

Authorities identified the female driver in the other vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Sentra, as 32-year-old Aide Bustamente of Huntington Beach. Her male passenger has not been named.

Both of them died at the scene, according to CHP.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact Officer Davis or Iniguez at CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office at 562-868-0503.

Two people died in a crash on the 5 Freeway at Paramount Blvd. in Downey on May 23, 2020. (OnScene)
Two people died in a crash on the 5 Freeway at Paramount Blvd. in Downey on May 23, 2020. (OnScene)

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