Police looking for second car involved in deadly street racing crash
NORTHRIDGE, CA (FOX 11) - Detectives want to speak with the driver of a 4-door dark colored sedan that was seen speeding away on security video moments before a silver BMW crashed and burst into flames on a Northridge street Friday night.
On Saturday evening, family and friends came together to remember the two young couples that were killed inside the BMW upon impact.
The coroner identified them as Amanda Alfar, 22, and her boyfriend Martin Gomez, 20, and Leena Ammari, 21, and her boyfriend Denney Lomeli, 20.
"I'll never forget them, I'll never forget them and you guys never forget the memories that you have with them, they are always in our hearts forever," Alfar's sister told the crowd.
Detectives said the driver of the silver BMW lost control and slammed into a tree on Lassen near Balboa Blvd. in Northridge.
Friends said it was Martin who was driving his BMW, he worked for a local dealership.
"He's the reason I have this job at BMW, he helped me get that job," high school friend, Luis Robles, said.
Witnesses said they saw the BMW racing another car.
Police identified that vehicle as a dark sedan that was seen on security video speeding away moments before to the BMW crashed and burst into flames.
"We believe that potentially it was going double potentially even triple the speed limit and this is a 40 mile an hour zone," Det. Bill Bustos, Los Angeles Police Department, said of the BMW's speed.
Friends said Gomez and Lomeli were best friends since high school.
"They were good guys, they were funny," Robles said.
Lomeli was studying to be a nurse.
"We both promised each other we were both going to graduate college and become nurses," his friend, Ashely Ruiz, said.
Their girlfriends, were also best friends since childhood, according to friends.
"My heart just stopped, I started crying, I didn't know how to react because I didn't want to believe that this was true," Ruiz said of her reaction to the crash.
Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call LAPD detectives at 818-644-8036.
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