Update: Investigators have determined that the double fatal collision in Compton that occurred late Sunday was not associated with a street takeover.
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Original post: Authorities are investigating a crash that left two people dead in Compton overnight.
The crash was reported at the intersection of North Wilmington Avenue and West Stockwell Street around 11:42 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Koerner said.
Arriving deputies found two young women at the scene who were pronounced dead, Koerner said.
A witness said the women were in a red sedan that was drifting or swinging around the intersection during a street takeover. Authorities have not confirmed a street takeover was going on at the time but are investigating.
One of the women was apparently hanging out of the window when the sedan collided with an SUV that was traveling through the intersection from another direction, according to the witness. She was then ejected from the sedan and died at the scene.
The second woman killed in the crash was also in the sedan but was not ejected, authorities said.
The two women have been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as 20-year-old Michellie Gonzalez from Cudahy and 18-year-old Jennyfer Flores of Long Beach.
A witness initially believed a man was driving the sedan and fled the scene but investigators later determined that one of the women had been driving.
Authorities are still investigating the details of the crash and have not confirmed the witness account.
Treyshawn Cooley, who was driving the SUV, said he had no idea what was going on as he approached the intersection.
“I guess he didn’t see me or whatever. My light was green,” Cooley said.
Street takeovers involving multiple vehicles and dozens of onlookers have been a growing problem in the Southland recently.
Social media is used to spread the word, but authorities often don’t find out until it’s too late and the drivers have already moved on to another intersection.