In March 2015, we reported about a street racer who appeared on the Discovery Channel show Street Outlaws and was later arrested in connection with the death of two spectators during an illegal street race between a Nissan GTR and Ford Mustang in Southern California.
Israel “Izzy” Valenzuela and Henry Michael Gevorgyan were the first suspects arrested and charged with the murder for the death of two bystanders, Eric Siguenza and Wilson Thomas Wong.
A new name has been brought into the case, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Karen Gary Balyan, 42, is the alleged driver of the Mustang that veered off the roadway and into the crowd, killing the two spectators. Valenzuela has been identified as the driver of the Nissan GTR that Balyan was racing. According to Santiago, Gevorgyan was the alleged starter for the race and is accused of organizing the illegal races with Valenzuela. All three have been charged with murder, and their pretrial is on June 11, 2015, to finalize a later court date for trial.
Valenzuela and Gevorgyan have posted bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Information Center, while Balyan is currently in custody with bail set at $3 million. If convicted, each defendant could face a maximum possible sentence of 33 years to life in prison.
This accident has been a driving force in the controversy surrounding Street Outlaws, coming in shortly after the NHRA threatened to evoke the competition license of any racer caught illegally street racing on the Discovery Channel show.