Three people were killed and a fourth person was critically injured in a single-car crash early Wednesday in Palm Springs.
Authorities said the victims left a nightclub, and apparently had been drinking, shortly before their 1995 Mercury Cougar slammed into a palm tree.
The car is believed to have been traveling at a high speed around a curve when the crash occurred about 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs police said.
The dead were identified as Lizabeth Gordon, 26, of Palm Springs; Richard Reyes Loredo, 23, of La Quinta; and Robert Sanchez, 22, of Indio.
The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center.