18-Year-Old Girl Killed During Street Race
An 18-year-old girl was killed while she rode in the passenger seat of a car during a street race last night, reports KTLA. Jessica Dayoan of Westminster was in a red convertible Toyota that her brother, Jorel Dayoan, was racing down near the intersection of Hoover Street and Hazard Avenue at about 5:00 p.m. Jorel allegedly lost control of the car, sending it flying into oncoming traffic. It was struck by a silver minivan, destroying the side of the car in which Jessica was sitting.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the minivan was not involved in the race, according to ABC News, and the driver that Jorel was racing took off after the crash. Police are searching for that person today.
Meanwhile, Jorel was released from the hospital today but the driver of the minivan remains in serious condition.
Mourners have taken to Jessica's Facebook page to express their grief, where she apparently last posted on March 12. A young woman named Naomi Surls writes that Jessica was "One of the sweetest girls I've ever known," and another named Lauren O'Halloran writes "you will always be remembered for the caring and kind person that you are."