The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has officially released the name of a single mother who was hit and killed by suspected street racers last week.
Colleen Wong, 57, was stopped at an intersection near West Vanowen Street at around 4 p.m. on March 19 when a speeding car lost control and crashed into her vehicle, according to KTLA.
The Los Angeles Police Department suspected two or three cars were involved in a street race at Valley Circle that day. Authorities arrested one man on suspicion of street racing while under the influence, and at least another driver is now being sought.
Tragic incident in West Hills
Preliminary info is that two to three cars were street racing when one lost control, colliding into an innocent female driver who was declared dead at scene.
Street racing is illegal and can have serious & deadly consequences.
It’s not worth it. https://t.co/YOjxJqNuNU
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) March 20, 2021
“My dad and her were both missionaries before,” Tim Wong, Colleen’s son, told KTLA. “Then when my dad passed, she helped start a nonprofit whose purpose was to empower local people and different nations to spread the gospel.”
Wong describes his mother as the “most energetic and most outgoing person in the room.”
“My mom, especially after my dad passed away, was always my go-to person whenever I needed something, just to talk,” he added. “Now I don’t have that, so still just trying to process it.”
A bystander suffered injuries while helping pull out a driver from one of the wreckage, NBC Los Angeles reported.