Three people were killed early Friday when a car traveling “at a high rate of speed” crashed into a tree in East Los Angeles and caught fire.
The crash was reported about 12:30 a.m. on Olympic Boulevard near Herbert Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The three people were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not available from the coroner’s office.
Two of the dead were identified by family members as Jahmai Flores, 18, and Abigail Flores, 19, according to Fox11, which reported that the third person was the driver.
According to the CHP preliminary report, the three were in a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta that was eastbound on Olympic Boulevard, approaching the intersection of Herbert Avenue “at a high rate of speed.”
“After passing through the intersection, for unknown reasons the Volkswagen veered to the right and crashed into the south curb and a tree before catching fire,” a CHP statement said.
“All three occupants inside the Volkswagen sustained fatal injuries resulting from the crash and were pronounced deceased on scene by Los Angeles County Fire personnel,” the statement said.
The driver of a big rig stopped to try to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, authorities said.
The circumstances of the crash remained under investigation, and anyone with information was urged to call the CHP at 323-980-4600.