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February 23, 2016

Second man arrested for fatal Northeast Philly drag-racing crash

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Farrell Bloomfield drag racing crash Philadelphia Police Department/For PhillyVoice

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Ryan Farrell, 20, of Northeast Philadelphia, left, on charges related to a drag racing crash that killed three people in July 2015. Christopher Bloomfield, 20, of Lawncrest, right, was arrested Saturday and charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle and related charges

The second man wanted for his alleged role in a Northeast Philly drag racing crash last summer that killed three people has been arrested, Philadelphia police said Tuesday evening.

Ryan Farrell, 20, of the 1000 block of Northeast Avenue in Bustleton, allegedly was driving one of two vehicles that had been speeding along Sandmeyer Lane near Red Lion Road late on July 29, police said.

Farrell is charged with homicide by vehicle, causing an accident involving death , aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter. Information on Farrell's bail status was not immediately available.

Police said he was behind the wheel of a vehicle that allegedly was drag racing a 2007 Acura driven by Christopher Bloomfield.

Bloomfield, 20, of the 800 block of Knorr Street in Lawncrest, was arrested on Saturday. He is charged with multiple counts of homicide by vehicle, aggravated assualt while DUI and related offenses.

Bloomfiled is in jail in lieu of $2 million cash bail.

According to police, Bloomfield's car struck a tree along Sandmeyer Lane during the alleged drag race. The impact split the car in two, ejected two of Bloomfield's passengers and trapped a third, police said.

All three of those passengers died at the scene. They were: Yvette Gonzalez, 17, of 700 block of Shawn Street; Sabrina Rhoads, 17, of the 100 block of Newberry Street; and Felip Hernandez, 20, of Medford, New Jersey.

A fourth passenger, an unidentified 17-year-old male, suffered severe head, leg and pelvic injuries. He remains at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in critical condition, police said.

After the crash, police said, law enforcement officials were notified that Bloomfield was transported to Einstein Medical Center by a private vehicle in clothes covered in blood.