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Two killed, two seriously hurt in racing crash

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Posted: Sunday, February 8, 2004 9:58 pm | Updated: 5:10 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Two Tempe men were killed and a Scottsdale couple critically injured in a weekend racing crash on Loop 101, officials said.

Ray Hernandez-Estefes, 19, and Edwardo Garcia-Folano, 21, were killed in the crash at 10:15 p.m. Saturday near Warner Road in Chandler, said Frank Valenzuela, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Gerhart Lehnerz, 67, and Patricia Lehnerz, 59, were taken to hospitals for critical injuries. According to DPS, a yellow Honda driven by Estefes and a black Ford Mustang were racing at high speeds on southbound Loop 101 when Estefes lost control of the Honda. The Honda flew over the steel cables that divide Loop 101, crashing head-on into a Toyota sport utility vehicle occupied by the Lehnerzes. Estefes and Folano were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. It was not known whether they were wearing seat belts, but even if they were, Valenzuela said it was likely they wouldn't have survived.

"The yellow Honda was literally split in half and broke into numerous pieces," he said.

Witnesses have come forward, but investigators are looking for anyone in the Mustang who fled after the crash, Valenzuela said. DPS asks that anyone with information call (602) 223 -2212.

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