Reward offered to find 2nd suspect in deadly Commerce crash

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Sheriff's investigators announced a reward in the effort to track down the second suspect involved in a street race that led to a deadly crash in Commerce in February. (KABC)

Sheriff's investigators announced a reward in the effort to track down the second suspect involved in an alleged street race that led to a deadly crash in Commerce in February.

Three people were killed in the accident, which involved a UPS big rig. The massive wreck shut down both sides of the 5 Freeway.

Now authorities and the victims' families are asking for the public's help finding one of the drivers they say caused it.

"You took three beautiful people's lives and left thousands to pick up the pieces left in the wake of your reckless and careless actions. All I ask is for you to come forward and take responsibility for your actions on the night," said Jason Treadway, the son of Scott Treadway, the UPS driver.

Michelle Littlefield, 19, and Brian Lewandowski, 18, were also killed in the crash. Both were employees at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Teamsters Local 396, UPS and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation are offering a $35,000 reward for the apprehension and conviction of the second suspect. In addition, Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for the apprehension of the second suspect.

Investigators are hoping the reward money will get people talking.

Witnesses say two cars were street racing and caused the deadly collision. When one of those cars tried to get around a slower vehicle, it slammed on the brakes and hit the UPS big rig.

The big rig lost control, went airborne and landed on the center divider, shearing off the top of a Nissan Sentra and catching fire. Littlefield and Lewandowski were in the Nissan.

One of the drivers involved in the alleged street race stopped at the scene, was arrested and now faces a charge of second-degree murder. He was identified as Dealio Lockhart of Whittier. If convicted, Lockhart faces up to life in state prison.

Officials say Lockhart was driving a Dodge Challenger. The other driver took off in a black or dark blue newer model Dodge Charger, authorities said.

"We are hopeful that perhaps someone has overheard a conversation or has information leading to the other involved racer," said Capt. Paul Medieros with the California Highway Patrol.

In addition to the fatalities, four others suffered serious injuries.

"There are no winners here, and there will not be. There's three dead, two of the people in the car with Michelle were in a coma," said William Littlefield, Michelle's Littlefield's father.

Two others were in the Nissan with Littlefield and Lewandowski at the time of the crash. Tony Miramontes and Alfonso Morillo survived but suffered serious injuries.

While the injured try to heal and families come to grips with those lost, investigators hope someone will remember something that will help them close this case with another arrest.

If you have any information about this case, you're urged to contact Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Detectives Marc Boskovich or Louie Aguilera at(323) 890-5500. You can also provide anonymous tips by contacting Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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