Family member speaks about deadly 'street-racing' crash in Phoenix

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Friends and family visited the crash site hours after three people were killed in a suspected street-racing collision. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Friends and family visited the crash site hours after three people were killed in a suspected street-racing collision. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Friends remembered the victims of the suspected street-racing crash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Friends remembered the victims of the suspected street-racing crash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A family member of one of the victims in a suspected street-racing crash in Phoenix spoke about the devastating loss his family is experiencing.

"In a split second you can change your family’s life your life," said Gerardo Aguilar.

Aguilar is Jesus Aguliar’s uncle. He stopped by the crash site to say goodbye.

"It's difficult to see that tree and that was his resting place," said Gerardo.

Police said 17-year-old Jesus and 22-year-old Jessie Worth were in one car and 18-year-old Marcos Aguilar was in the other. 

Witnesses told police the two cars were street racing down Central Avenue when the drivers lost control, slamming the cars into trees near Butler Drive, which is between Dunlap and Northern avenues. Moments later, the one car with Jesus and Worth in it burst into flames.

None of the victims were wearing seat belts, police said.

Jesus and Worth were ejected while Marcos was only partially ejected from his car, according to investigators.

[ORIGINAL STORY: 3 dead in Phoenix street racing crash]

 The victims' best friend Orion Johnson was with his friends at Worth's apartment hanging out and had just left them to go get some food. On his way back, he saw the flashing lights from police cars and then noticed Jesus’s car on fire near the tree.

“He didn't deserve to be wrapped around a tree like that," said Johnson. “You have to watch out for each other to make sure things like this don’t happen. I’ve known him since fifth grade. We were best friends. He was supposed to be my best man at my wedding, the godfather to my children one day. His birthday is coming up. I just can’t, how I feel and the family feels I don’t wish that on anybody.”

The family has a warning for other drivers.

“Teach your kids to drive responsibly and safe, to always wear their seat belt. It’s to save them. Let this be a lesson that street racing is dangerous and it could end your life,” said Gerardo.  

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