Burbank: Distraught friends, family members remember innocent victims killed in street-racing crash

Friday, August 6, 2021
Burbank: Overwhelming grief over death of street-racing crash victims
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The innocent victims were 19, 20 and 21. All three died at the scene in Burbank after a crash involving street racers.

BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- Overwhelmed by grief, on Wednesday night the mother of Cerain Baker stood over a makeshift memorial honoring her son and two other innocent victims who were killed as the result of a street race in Burbank.

Cerain, a 21-year-old Burbank resident, was featured often in videos produced by his father, well-known comedian Tony Baker.

"He was the sweetest person I ever encountered," said Amanda Camacho, Cerain Baker's girlfriend. "He was always smiling. Every person he met he impacted. It's going to be crazy to live without him, but I know he'd want us all to be happy and keep working hard."

Also killed in the crash were 20-year-old Jaiden Johnson of Burbank and 19-year-old Natalee Moghadamm of Calabasas.

"Natalee was one-of-a-kind type of person," her friend Ava Recchia told ABC7 while attending a vigil for the victims Wednesday. "She always would light up a room and she always touched everyone. She made an imprint on every person she was friends with."

Baker, Moghadamm and Johnson were in a Volkswagen whose driver was attempting to make a left turn at the intersection on Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive when they were struck by a car involved in a high-speed street race. The three victims were ejected from the Volkswagen and died at the scene.

"It just breaks my heart. This kind of racing on Glenoaks has been happening for years and years," said Hilda Lucas, who visited the memorial.

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The force of the impact split the victims' vehicle in half and ignited a fire whose flames engulfed the car's wreckage.

Police say a black Mercedes-Benz and a gray Kia had been speeding side-by-side for several blocks before the collision.

Everyone involved in the crash remained at the scene. In fact, the driver whose car hit the victims was hospitalized with serious injuries.

"In my 19-year-career, I haven't seen anything like this, personally," said Burbank Police Department Sgt. Emil Brimway. "Not to this magnitude and this level of debris over a two-city block span."

No arrests or charges had been announced as of Thursday afternoon, but that could change due to the street-racing aspect, pending the ongoing investigation.