Teen Among 2 Dead After Car Loses Control, Crashes Into Tree in Lynwood

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Two people died, including an 18-year-old woman, and two others were injured after a car lost control and briefly went airborne before nearly crashing into a nearby business, authorities said.

Around 1 a.m., a Toyota Camry was traveling on Atlantic Avenue near Carlin Avenue (map) when witnesses reported that the driver lost control, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The vehicle went into a spin and struck a tree before jumping a curb, sliding across a parking lot and coming to a stop at a nearby business, the release stated.

A male and female passenger in the back seat died on impact. They were not wearing seat belts, according to Lt. Williams of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lynwood Station.

One of the victims was identified as 18-year-old Jennifer Velasquez, according to Investigator Betsy Magdaleno of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The male victim's name has not yet been released.

The female driver and a female passenger in the front seat were wearing their seat belts, Lt. Williams said. They suffered minor injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Based on witness accounts, speed appeared to be a contributing factor in the crash, authorities at the scene said. An investigation was ongoing.

KTLA's Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.

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