Man ac­cused of killing three gets pre­lim date

38-year-old sus­pected of caus­ing crash while rac­ing

The Signal - - News - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer [email protected]­

It’s been al­most three years since a crash in Com­merce killed three peo­ple, in­clud­ing two Va­len­cia res­i­dents — and the Whit­tier man ac­cused of killing them has yet to have a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

Dealio Lock­hart, 38, ap­peared Tues­day in Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court to set a date for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing. He’s charged with mur­der in a crash that killed Brian Le­wandowski, 18, and Michelle Lit­tle­field, 19, both of the Santa Clarita Val­ley.

“We’re just try­ing to get clo­sure,” Lit­tle­field’s fa­ther, Willy, said Wednes­day.

“It’s been al­most three years to the date of the crash,” he said.

In fact, the lat­est sched­uled date for Lock­hart’s pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is set for Feb. 25, two days be­fore the three-year an­niver­sary of the fa­tal traf­fic col­li­sion.

Dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, pros­e­cu­tors will present ev­i­dence in the case, and the de­fense can re­spond; the judge can then de­cide if the case should go to trial.

Both Le­wandowski and Lit­tle­field had been en­rolled as stu­dents at Col­lege of the Canyons.

Lock­hart is sus­pected of rac­ing his Dodge Chal­lenger with an­other driver on In­ter­state 5 on Feb. 27, 2016, in Com­merce, caus­ing a chain-re­ac­tion col­li­sion that killed the two Va­len­cia res­i­dents and Scott Tread­way, 52, a UPS truck driver from Mira Loma.

Lit­tle­field and Le­wandowski were pas­sen­gers in a Nis­san with two other young peo­ple who were crit­i­cally in­jured.

All four oc­cu­pants of the Nis­san were em­ploy­ees of Six Flags Magic Moun­tain re­turn­ing from a trip to Dis­ney­land.

If con­victed, Lock­hart faces up to life in state prison.



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