2nd suspect in custody after deadly street racing crash in NE Philadelphia, police say

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Philadelphia police have made an arrest in connection with an accident that killed three people and severely injured another last summer.

A second suspect wanted in connection with a deadly street racing accident in Northeast Philadelphia has surrendered to police.

20-year old Ryan Farrell, from the 10000 block of Northeast Avenue, surrendered to police Tuesday afternoon. He faces charges of: Accident Involving Death, Homicide by Vehicle, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter.

On Saturday 20-year-old Christopher Bloomfield was arrested at his home in the 800 block of Knorr Street in Philadelphia.

He has been charged with 3 counts of Homicide by Vehicle, Aggravated Assault While Driving under the Influence, Homicide by Vehicle and related offenses.

Bloomfield is behind bars on $2 million bail.

The crash happened on July 29, 2015 on Sandmeyer Lane near Red Lion Road in the Somerton section of Philadelphia.

Police say Bloomfield was racing Farrell when the crash occurred.

PHOTOS: High-speed crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Police say Bloomfield was behind the wheel of a 2007 Acura, and was under the influence and speeding before striking a tree with such force the car split.

He walked away before emergency crews arrived.

Yvette Gonzalez and Sabrina Rhoads

Sabrina Rhoads and Yvette Gonzalez of Philadelphia, both 17, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

"She could make anybody laugh, she could make anybody smile," said Erin Gonzalez, Yvette's mother.

Yvette's mother and aunt told Action News Bloomfield's arrest has brought them a bit of relief.

"My brother and sister-in-law still wait for Yvette every day to walk through the door, and I think that now they'll be able to begin to heal," said Kelly McDade.

For McDade, the arrest was just the beginning of a promise she made at her niece's funeral.

"She wasn't here anymore, but I wasn't going to let this die," said McDade. "I was going to be her voice here on Earth, and I wasn't going to stop until I got justice for her."

20-year-old Felipe Hernandez of Medford, New Jersey, was trapped in the vehicle and died at the scene.

"He was a very humble person. No matter who he met, he became friends with them," said Jason Waterman, friend. "Everybody loved him."

Waterman and others gathered at the spot where he died, seven months earlier, after police announced they had arrested one of the men they say killed their friend.

"It's a big relief that he's going to be behind bars and not out and having freedom," said Waterman.

Seventeen-year-old Bagdon Arutyunov of Philadelphia was critically injured.

At the time of the crash, police said the Acura was one of two vehicles that were seen on surveillance video going at a high rate of speed before the accident.

Business owners told Action News back in July it was very common to see cars speeding on that road.

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