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Survivor in Fatal Commerce Crash Has Message for Street Racers

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    Survivor Speaks Out Month After Deadly Street Racing Crash in Commerce

    A survivor speaks out after his friends and another driver were killed in a street racing crash on the 5 Freeway in Commerce. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2016. (Published Sunday, April 17, 2016)

    Brain damage. A fractured neck. A broken arm. A ruptured spleen.

    Alfonso Morillo III is grateful to be alive after a multicar pileup, caused by street racing on the 5 Freeway, sent him to the hospital and left three people dead in February.

    "It's a miracle what happened to me. It's a blessing," Morillo said.

    The 20-year-old said he wanted to share a message to street racers after surviving the horrific wreck that left he and his friend in a coma, and two of his friends dead.

    "You're not the only owners of the road, you're not the only car on the road," Morillo said. "Just be careful, you know, because you really can affect people's lives."

    Morillo woke from a medically-induced coma two weeks after the crash only to learn that two of his best friends, 19-year-old Michelle Littlefield and 18-year-old Brian Lewandowski, were dead.

    His other best friend, Anthony Miramontes, was in critical condition.

    UPS driver, Scott Treadway, 52, of Mira Loma, was also killed in the crash.

    Morillo's father, gently caressing his son's head, said everything happens for a reason, and he's hoping the missing street racer realizes his mistake soon.

    "Right now, he's just probably thinking about it," Alfonso Morillo said. "His conscience will bother him and he'll turn himself in."

    Morillo and his friends were on their way home from Disneyland when the unthinkable happened Feb. 27.

    Two Dodge muscle cars were street racing on the 5 Freeway in Commerce near the Citadel Outlets when Lockhart approached a slower moving vehicle, and tried to maneuver around it, authorities said.

    He lost control, and his Challenger hit the 18-wheeler UPS truck, driven by Treadway.

    The 18-wheeler went airborne, hit a median and landed on the other side of the freeway, shearing the roof off a Nissan. Morillo and his friends were inside.

    Lewandowski and Littlefield, College of the Canyons students who worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, were killed.

    "They were really great people, especially Michelle," Morillo said from a wheelchair, his head rigged in a halo ring neck brace. "Michelle was so nice — she was so sweet and caring. Same with Brian. He was really smart."

    The eighteen-wheeler came to rest on a red Ford Explorer and burst into flames.

    One of the drivers suspected of street racing, Dealio Lockhart, pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder.

    The other driver behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger still hadn't been captured nearly two months later.

    Lockhart had no prior criminal record and is a college graduate who worked as a field producer on the TV show "Dancing With The Stars," his lawyer said.

    "Good people do bad things, and there are consequences," the judge said after three-dozen people wrote letters on Lockhart's behalf.