Henry Michael Gevorgyan entered his plea to two counts of murder and one count of engaging in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway causing a concussion, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. His attorney Gevorgyan surrendered to police on Saturday night, police said. The incident happened about 2 a.m. Feb. 25 on a stretch of Plummer Street in Chatsworth, an area popular among street racers. Eric Siguenza, 26, and Wilson Thomas Wong, 50, were killed and a third man was injured.
Two of them died, including 50-year-old Wilson Thomas Wong, of Torrance, who was identified Monday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. The Mustang's driver fled the scene after the crash, police said. Officers hunted for the driver, identifying on Thursday afternoon Henry Gevorgyan, 21, as the man suspected of driving the car. Gevorgyan was arrested¬†Saturday after he turned himself in to police. He is being held on $2 million bail at Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Jail in Van Nuys, according to inmate information posted online.
Energy absorption is valuable in reducing injuries in a crash. This isn't what happened at Oxnard. A pick up truck is a fairly light object compared to a Metrolink train. Most of the damage and injuries were caused by the cars rolling over on their sides, not the collision with the pick up. We may need to design locomotives and cab cars better to handle objects on the tracks so not to rollover when derailing. There is no one simple solution. More can be done, with more money, law enforcement on the tracks and better safety education for the public..
A¬†suspect in this week's¬†fatal Chatsworth street racing crash¬†surrendered to police on Saturday, authorities said. Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, surrendered¬†at the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division station, LAPD Cmdr. Gevorgyan had been identified this week as the driver of a Ford Mustang that spun out of control and plowed into a crowd near Canoga Avenue and Plummer Street, killing¬†two people¬†and seriously injuring another. Police had urged Gevorgyan to surrender, saying they planned to file murder charges against him.
Two cars, one of them a Ford Mustang modified for illegal street racing, were racing when the Mustang crashed into the victims, who were among around 60 people watching cars race, said Detective Bill Bustos at an afternoon news conference at the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. The vehicles were racing westbound on Plummer Street from Canoga Avenue, when the Mustang crashed, Bustos said. The Mustang driver, identified as 21-year-old Henry Michael Gevorgyan, left the scene, abandoning the vehicle, and was being sought, Bustos said.
"Please turn yourself in; it's just a matter of time before we get you," Bustos said at a news conference early Thursday evening. "It's an isolated area, it's a commercial area, it's not residential," Bustos said. At the nearby Chatsworth Business Park, which houses several Los Angeles County offices, Jenny Tutunjian and Maria Aguirre, county employees, stood on a berm next to police tape and shook their heads. "I always see doughnuts all over the street," Tutunjian said, referring to the skid marks. "Every morning, you see them every morning.
Los Angeles County light-rail and subway trains ran 83 red lights in the last four years, according to agency data. The Blue Line, which connects Long Beach with downtown Los Angeles, recorded two-thirds of the violations, and averaged more than one per month from 2012 through last year. It isn't clear whether that happened in the 83 cases analyzed. The Gold Line, which links East Los Angeles and Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles, recorded 17 red-light violations from 2011 to 2014. The Red and Purple lines had six, and the Expo Line had seven.
Outside court, his attorney, Alex Kessel, said that his client was attacked by Gavin Smith in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles and defended himself, possibly causing a fatal injury. It was mutual combat," Kessel said. A law enforcement official previously told The Associated Press that Smith was believed to have had a romantic relationship with Creech's wife, Chandrika Creech, after meeting her in drug rehabilitation several years earlier. Kessel said Thursday that Smith and Creech's wife were in a car together on the night of the fight.
The collision occurred ¬†after 2 a.m. in an area known for street racing near Canoga Avenue and Plummer Street, LAPD Capt. John McMahon told reporters at the scene. According to witnesses, the Mustang was racing a second vehicle when the driver lost control and plowed into three spectators, McMahon said. The Mustang driver ditched his crumpled car on the south side of Canoga Avenue and hasn't been found. One victim died at the scene and a second died at the hospital, McMahon said. The third victim was listed in serious condition, he said.
CHATSWORTH -- Two men were killed and at least one other was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning. Police say two cars were reportedly street racing when one lost control and ran into a group of bystanders around 2:15 a.m. at Plummer Street and Canoga Avenue, officials said. One man was killed immediately and another died at the hospital. We want to make sure he's ok," LAPD Det. Police are also asking anyone in the group of bystanders who may have witnessed the crash to come forward.
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He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of a drug and driving when privilege is suspended or revoked, and two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage. The chase began shortly after 5 p.m. Monday when police tried to stop the driver of the Ford F-150 pickup truck for reckless driving. He allegedly tried to ram a police car, then got onto the Ronald Reagan Freeway near Chatsworth, going west toward Simi Valley.
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The train cars are relatively new and the safety features are much better at absorbing the impact of a crash than older trains. He praised the first responders. Deadly crossing The accident occurred at a crossing where two people died in June and where the city of Oxnard wants to build a bridge over the tracks, Mayor Tim Flynn said. The NTSB said Tuesday than more than 2,000 crossing grade accidents occur each year and 239 people were killed in such incidents last year. The collision caused a fire that burned the SUV and the first train car.
25 people died and 135 were injured in a crash in which a Metrolink commuter train collided with a Union Pacific freight train on a stretch of shared track in Chatsworth. In Tuesday's crash, three of the four cars that derailed were equipped with that "crash energy management" system, a Metrolink official said. LIVE UPDATES: Oxnard Metrolink crash The fourth car, a bicycle car, was not equipped with system. Had the so-called positive train control been in place, experts say, it would have prevented Metrolink's deadly Chatsworth crash.