2 Dead After Car Slams Into Building in Hyde Park

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Two people died after a car smashed into a building in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Sunday morning, causing a partial collapse of the structure, authorities said.

The crash took place just after 9:10 a.m. in the 3300 block of West 66th Place, just east of Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

The male driver of the black Lincoln vehicle and his female passenger were killed in the crash.

Sunday evening, a group of people had gathered to light candles and a card that said, "RIP Chris." Those people did not want to speak on camera.

In addition to damaging a building, the violent crash also sheared a fire hydrant and knocked down a light pole, she said.  Officials shut down Crenshaw Boulevard between 65th Street and 68th Street.

Agustin Orozco with LAPD South Traffic Division said the female victim was ejected from the vehicle. The male victim was partially ejected.

"This will require an extended extrication to recover (a) body due to safety concerns with building collapse," Stewart said.

The building, believed to be abandoned, is red-tagged and deemed unsafe to enter.

Police said that street is known for people speeding, but it is unclear what caused this crash.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

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