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Alleged Street Racing Case Awaits Specialized CHP Investigation

The case against a man accused of street racing in a fatal crash that killed a pair of Santa Clarita Valley teens is expected to be continued for at least a little while longer.

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Dealio Lockhart, 36, is facing life in prison after a multi-car collision near downtown Los Angeles left three dead, including two Santa Clarita Valley teens.

Lockhart has yet to face his preliminary arraignment due to a request by defense attorneys to await the results of an investigation by California Highway Patrol officers’ MAIT unit. The Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Teams conducts thorough, specialized investigations that often span several months.

Prosecutor Michael Blake noted the collision was extremely complex, and involved more than 10 vehicles. The report was expected to be completed soon, according to officials.

Lockhart was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and four counts of reckless driving on a highway causing a specified injury.

He previously pleaded not guilty in April 2016 to all charges, and is scheduled to appear his preliminary hearing setting May 31.

It is alleged that Lockhart was racing his Dodge Challenger with another vehicle around midnight, February 27, 2016, near the city of Commerce.

One of the vehicles lost control, causing a UPS truck to go airborne and crash over the center median.

Killed were Brian Lewandowski, 18, the son of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective, and Michelle Littlefield, 19, both passengers in a Nissan that had its top sheared off by the UPS truck.

The UPS driver, Scott Treadway, 52, also was killed.

In addition to the three fatalities, four others were seriously injured: two males in the Nissan and man and a woman in separate cars.

If convicted, Lockhart could be facing life in prison.

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Alleged Street Racing Case Awaits Specialized CHP Investigation

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