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Three killed in Pico Rivera crash were heading home from a party

June 14, 2013|By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez

A violent crash in Pico Rivera that killed three people Thursday night, including two children, appears to have been caused by a driver speeding and steering into oncoming traffic, authorities said.

A preliminary investigation shows the northbound driver of a Honda Civic was “going too fast” around a curve in the 3500 block of San Gabriel River Parkway and veered into the southbound lanes, where it slammed head-on into a Nissan Sentra, said Lt. Arthur Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of the Honda was taking children home from a party, Scott said.

The 22-year-old male driver and two boys, ages 11 and 13, died at the scene. All three were ejected from the car.

An adult female in the passenger seat and another child in the back seat of the Honda were taken to local hospitals and were listed in critical condition.

The crash was reported about 8:45 p.m. near San Gabriel River Parkway and Rose Hills Road by the 605 Freeway, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

"It's terrible," Lt. Andrew Meyer of the agency's Pico Rivera station told The Times.

The names of the victims were not immediately available.

The Nissan Sentra was carrying two women. Both were rushed to a local hospital and were listed in serious condition.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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Joseph.serna@latimes.com

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