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Coroner's Office Identifies Woman Killed In Whittier Crash

WHITTIER ( — The 19-year-old woman who died after a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning has been identified as a Bell Gardens resident.

Maria Vasquez died in the crash on Beverly Boulevard near Citrus Avenue, Los Angeles County Coroner's Investigator Dana Bee said Sunday.

Vasquez was a passenger in the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu that crashed at 1:05 a.m. Saturday, according to police. The 25-year-old man driving the car and a 21-year-old woman passenger were both critically injured in the crash, according to Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis.

Ellis said the driver lost control of the car while westbound on Beverly Boulevard, hit a fire hydrant and then struck a large pine tree. Vasquez and the critically injured passenger were both ejected from the car, he said. The two women and the driver were taken to an area hospital, Ellis said, and Vasquez died from her injuries.

Ellis said it was not immediately known if excessive speed, alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

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