LYNWOOD – A man died Sunday when a speeding minivan hit his car so hard that it split in two in an apparent hit-and-run crash in Lynwood, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
The deadly crash Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue occurred about 1 a.m., said Sgt. William Bevans of the sheriff’s Century Station.
Friends identified the victim as Jose Juan Valenzuela Ramos, 37, and said he was on his way to a party, according to ABC7.
The coroner’s office withheld the man’s name pending notification of his family.
The TV station reported that Ramos is from Mexico and has no relatives in the United States, and friends were trying to raise enough money to send his body back to his family.
A maroon minivan speeding south on Atlantic crashed into the man’s Honda Accord, hitting it hard enough that it split in two, sending part of the car onto a sidewalk, ABC7 reported.
A witness told ABC7 that the minivan was traveling 70-75 mph before the collision.
“We were going up north Atlantic and we seen this van just like about 70, 75 miles per hour, and I tell my husband, `Oh, my God, little do they know there’s a cop in front of them, so they’re going to catch him.’ Through my rearview mirror, I seen him impact the car, and the car just cuts into two pieces,” the witness said.
Bevans said that there were “two people of interest” in the crash but no arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing.
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