A two-car crash during a street race in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles killed three men Monday, police said.

The crash was reported about 2 a.m. at Highland and Melrose avenues, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD Cmdr. Marc Reina said the motorists were racing one another.

“3 people lost their lives all because of street racing,” Reina wrote in a Twitter post late Monday morning. “The families and friends of those who died will be impacted forever. Obey the rules of the road. Any deviation is just not worth it.”

The drivers, about 30 years old, died at the scene, said LAPD Detective James Dickson of the West Traffic Division. A man about the same age, who was riding in one vehicle, died at a hospital, Dickson said. A female passenger riding in the other vehicle suffered an injury described as non-life-threatening.

Information was not immediately available on the identities of the fatally injured men.

The cars were traveling southbound on Highland Avenue, south of Melrose Avenue, when the crash occurred, police said.

“The two vehicles involved were black BMW sedans,” according to an LAPD statement. “The vehicles impacted with each other, causing them to run off the roadway in a southeast direction and collide with city of Los Angeles-owned palm trees. … Street racing was a factor in this traffic collision.”

Anyone with information on the crash was urged to call detectives at 213-473-0234 or 213-473-0222; 877-LAPD-24-7; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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