Authorities have released the identities of a driver and two passengers who died Friday when their car struck the rear of a big rig in San Bernardino.
Rico Anaya Perez Jr., 24, of Highland was at the wheel of the car, which crashed about 1:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of West Fifth Street, according to San Bernardino County coroner’s records.
Marissa Monique Michelle Ortiz, 23, of San Bernardino and Anthony Steven Fernandez, 24, of San Bernardino, who were riding as passengers in the car, also died in the crash, according to coroner’s officials. All three victims died at the scene of the crash.
The car was westbound on Fifth Street, approaching Vernon Avenue, when it hit the back of a tractor-trailer, according to San Bernardino Police Department Sgt. Jeff Harvey.
“At this point in the investigation, it appears speed was a factor in this collision,” Harvey said in a written statement.
The investigation was ongoing, and anyone with information was urged to contact San Bernardino police investigators at 909-384-5792.
Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the incorrect first name for the female passenger. The story has been updated.