Friends mourn 2 young couples killed in Northridge crash

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Grieving family and friends gathered at the scene of a deadly Northridge crash struggled to comprehend the loss of four young lives.

Grieving family and friends gathered at the scene of a deadly Northridge crash struggled to comprehend the loss of four young lives.

Best friends Martin Gomez and Denney Lomeli, both 20, and their girlfriends -- also best friends -- 22-year-old Amanda Alfar and 21-year-old Leena Ammari, were killed in the fiery wreck Friday night.

"They were amazing. They were really nice, and Denney, without him, I wouldn't have made it through high school," cried Ashley Ruiz.

All four died instantly when the BMW they were in slammed into a tree and burst into flames. Gomez was allegedly behind the wheel, speeding down Lassen Street in excess of 100 mph, police say, racing another vehicle.

"It looked like they were clearly street racing. One of them just drove off while the second car kind of swerved off...and split off into two," said a witness at the scene.

Police released surveillance video of a black sedan seen speeding down the street seconds before the crash. The flash of the fiery accident is seen in the lower left corner.


Investigators are looking for the driver of that vehicle as loved ones struggle with the devastating loss.

"They were good guys, yeah, they were funny. They messed around a lot, but they made people laugh, you know," said friend Luis Robles, as he held back tears. "He's the reason I have this job, you know, at BMW. Martin, he got me that job."

They were two young couples in the prime of their lives now suddenly gone in a senseless tragedy.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call LAPD Valley Traffic Division detectives at (818) 644-8029. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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traffic fatalitiescar crashstreet racingNorthridgeSan Fernando ValleyLos AngelesLos Angeles County
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