ANAHEIM – Two men died and one was severely injured after a car that police say was involved in street racing crashed into a home and burst into flames early Saturday (December 10,2016.) The speeding Infinity landed two feet from the living room of Martin Sanchez, who may have saved the life of the car’s 24-year- old passenger when he used a garden hose to put out flames that had spread to the man’s clothes. “He was screaming for help,” said Sanchez, who kept his hands tucked in his coat as he looked at the burned-out remains of his patio.
First respondents were called out to the 1700 block of W. Ball Road at around 2 a.m., according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt. They found two people dead in the car, while the man Sanchez had helped was outside the car and badly burned. The 24-year- old Anaheim resident was taken to a hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive, Wyatt said. The 19-year- old driver of the 2003 Infinity was tentatively identified as a resident of Stanton. His name hadn’t been released, and Wyatt said it would likely take DNA tests to definitively say who he was because of the severity of his burns.
The second passenger killed, who was in the backseat of the car, was described only as a male. Witnesses told police two cars were speeding westbound down Ball Road at 80 to 100 mph in the 40-mph zone when the driver of the Infinity lost control and jumped the curb, sheering a light pole and hitting several parked cars.
Police on Saturday continued their search for the second vehicle, described as a red sports car akin to a Mustang or Camaro. Anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers at 855-847-6227.
By Lauren Williams and Brooke Edwards, Orange County Register
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