Teen Charged With Murder in Deadly Crash, Another Arrested

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Authorities arrested two teenagers suspected of street racing and allegedly causing the Aug. 3 crash that killed three people, the Burbank Police Department said Thursday. The county District Attorney’s office has charged one of them, a 19-year-old, with three counts of murder and one count of reckless driving.

Burbank police arrested a 19-year-old Burbank resident this week after he was charged with three counts of murder for allegedly driving a vehicle the department said caused a crash that killed three people.

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Fatal Crash Stirs Demonstration; Council Pledges Solutions to Speeding

Sabrina Castro (second from left) addresses reporters at an anti-speeding rally in front of Burbank City Hall on Tuesday. Cerain Baker, son of her boyfriend, Tony Baker, was one of three people killed in last week’s crash. (Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader)

This article was originally published in the Burbank Leader on Aug. 14

In its first meeting since last week’s car crash that killed three people, the Burbank City Council asked the city manager to gather potential measures addressing speeding on Glenoaks Boulevard.
Since the matter was not on the council’s agenda on Tuesday evening, the panel was legally prohibited from discussing its ideas in depth. Among the members’ requests were a discussion on installing traffic lights along the sprawling thoroughfare, compiling speeding and accident data for the city’s busiest roads, and seeking suggestions from the community. City staff members could also bring other ideas to the council.
Department officials won’t be able to prepare the agenda item by the council’s next meeting on Aug. 24, according to city spokesman Jonathan Jones, due to the number of agencies involved.

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Deadly Road Incident Renews Concerns About Speeding

Workers pull the broken front half a shattered Kia onto a towing ramp, where crushed debris have also been hauled.
Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
A Tuesday night crash that the Burbank Police Department believes was caused by street racing resulted in the deaths of three people who were in a car that was not involved in the possible race. Workers spent much of Wednesday morning removing crash debris.

After police reported that a car crash that killed three people this week appeared to have resulted from a street race on Glenoaks Boulevard, several residents have said that speeding in that area is far from uncommon.

Officers and paramedics responded to reports of a collision and a vehicle on fire on Tuesday at about 11:50 p.m., according to the Burbank Police Department. First responders found three people who had been ejected from a silver Volkswagen that was not involved in the suspected racing, pronouncing them dead at the scene.

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Friends, Family Mourn Crash Victims at Memorial

Posters with the pictures and names of Cerain Baker and Jaiden Johnson are leaned against a wall near dozens of candles
Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Friends and family members set up a memorial at Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive to honor those killed in a recent crash. Those who died included John Burroughs High School alumnus Cerain Baker and Burbank resident Jaiden Johnson.

As the sun set on Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive, candlelight warded off the dark and illuminated the photographs of the three people.

Many of those who gathered at the memorial wanted to know exactly what happened shortly before midnight on Tuesday. That was when, according to the Burbank Police Department, one or both of two vehicles that had been speeding “for several blocks” north on Glenoaks in an apparent street race crashed into a silver Volkswagen that had been traveling south on the boulevard and tried to turn left onto Andover.

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