Three young adults were killed and another person was critically injured when a car collided with a tree and overturned in the Venice area on Monday evening, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Few details were immediately available about the circumstances surrounding the fatal single-vehicle collision, which occurred just before 5 p.m. in the 100 block of Via Marina in Venice, right on the border with Marina del Rey.
Personnel from the Los Angeles County and city fire departments responded to the scene and discovered two occupants had been ejected from the overturned car.
The other two people inside the car were pronounced dead at the scene, according to an alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters had to extricate their bodies from the wreckage.
One person was treated on scene by county Fire Department, but was later pronounced deceased, the alert stated. A fourth occupant was transported to a local trauma center in critical condition.
A CHP official later described the victims as being between the ages of 18 and 25. Their names have not yet been released.
The roadway where the crash occurred curves sharply and suddenly, with warning signs alerting drivers to slow down to 20 mph.
Some residents in the area described the turn as being dangerous, and said that two people were injured in a crash at the location about a month ago.
Authorities investigating Monday’s crash indicated they were looking into whether speed was a factor.
“There are signs posted, you know, precautionary signs … I would hate to arrive at a conclusion about that right now, but it’s still under investigation,” said Officer Jacob Tafua of the California Highway Patrol.
He added he was unsure whether the occupants were wearing seat belts at the time.
The area where the crash occurred is near the water, and Tafua indicated it was popular with tourists.
“This is a tourist area, I mean you have the Vista Point right here out into the ocean,” he said.
He encouraged anyone driving in the area to “take it slow, please.”