Two young brothers were killed in California when officials say a car taking part in an illegal street race slammed head on into the vehicle they were in on Tuesday.
According to California Highway Patrol, the deadly accident took place at around 5.40pm in Mead Valley, leaving six-year-old Dominick Gonzalez and eight-year-old Antonio Gonzalez dead.
CHP Officer Dan Olivas told local news outlets that a silver Honda Accord and a black Nissan Altima were racing each other along Oakwood Road, with the Accord going the wrong way.
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Totalled: This blue Nissan Versa carrying a man and his two young brothers was involved in a fatal crash that killed both boys in California on Tuesday
Officials say the driver of this Silver Honda Accord was taking part in an illegal street race when he crashed head on into the Nissan
Sneakers and socks are pictured lying on the ground beneath the wrecked Nissan
As the two vehicles neared the crest of the road, reported KCAL, the Accord driver saw a blue Nissan Versa heading directly towards him, but he did not have time to swerve out of the way to try an avoid a collision.
The Versa was being operated by a man who was driving his two younger siblings in the car, according to an eyewitness. All there were rushed to a hospital, where Antonio and Dominick Gonzalez were pronounced dead.
The driver of the totalled Versa sustained minor to moderate injuries, reported KTLA5. The victims have not been named as of Wednesday morning.
Video taken at the scene showed first responders swarming around the two mangled vehicles.
This screenshot show a driver involved in the two-vehicle collision being carried into an awaiting ambulance
People are seen comforting one another at the site of the fatal accident that claimed the lives of two children
The driver of the Accord, who has not been identified, was also taken to the hospital to be treated for minor and moderate injuries. He is expected to be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
The driver of the Altima had briefly paused at the scene of the crash, but then took off. The California Highway Patrol is now searching for him.
The vehicle was described as a black sedan circa 2005. Anyone with information on the driver’s whereabouts is being asked to call CHP at 951-637-8000.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to raise money for the young victims' double funeral.