Bellflower man pleads guilty to manslaughter in street racing crash that killed two men in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA — A 26-year-old Bellflower man pleaded guilty Monday to a hit-and-run vehicular manslaughter that killed two men in Santa Ana.

Damian Chavez was racing with another driver whose car slammed into a tree in the 3200 block of South Bear Street about 9:15 p.m. on April 20, 2019. The car burst into flames and the victims, 39-year-old Jerman Marquez and 29-year-old Richard Inda, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Inda was the driver and Marquez a passenger, the Coroner’s Office said in 2019.

Chavez pleaded guilty to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit and run with permanent and serious injury and admitted sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene of a vehicular manslaughter. Chavez is scheduled to be sentenced July 25.