A series of crashes involving multiple vehicles left three people dead and two others seriously injured in Burbank late Tuesday night.
The initial crash involved three vehicles and occurred shortly before midnight near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive.
One of the vehicles, a Volkswagen, was split in half and caught fire following the crash.
Three of the occupants were ejected from the Volkswagen and found near the wreckage, the Burbank Police Department stated in a news release.
Two males and a female were found unconscious and not breathing, the release stated. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Cerain Anthony Raekwon Baker, 21, of Pasadena, Jaiden Kishon Johnson, 20, of Burbank, and Natalee Asal Moghaddam, 19, of Calabasas.
A second female was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital, authorities said.
A Kia that was also involved in the crash continued northbound on Glenoaks Boulevard until it struck some parked vehicles near Birmingham Road.
The driver of that vehicle, described only as a male, was hospitalized in serious condition.
Also, two people in a Mercedes-Benz that were involved in the incident were not injured.
“Speed was definitely a factor,” Burbank Police Department Sgt. Emil Brimway said.
Investigators later determined the Mercedes-Benz and the Kia appeared to be racing when the Volkswagen was struck as its driver was trying to make a left turn.
The area where the collision occurred has been known for speeding and street racing problems in the past.
Investigators will be gathering video from several traffic cameras in the area.
Several blocks of Glenoaks Boulevard were closed during the investigation.