DOWNEY >> A man and woman died, and another woman was hurt, after their car veered off the 5 Freeway in Downey and struck a tree, authorities said.
The crash took place about 4:50 a.m. on along the southbound 5 Freeway, just south of Paramount Avenue, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
The driver, a 20-year-old Camp Pendleton man, along with his front passenger, a 21-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita woman, died at the scene, officials said.
The names of the man and woman were withheld pending notification of their families, said Mario Sainz, and investigator at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. It was not clear whether the driver was a member of the military.
A 21-year-old Irvine woman riding as a rear passenger in the truck was hospitalized with injuries described as moderate, officials said.
The 2002 Dodge Dakota was southbound at an unknown speed prior to the crash.
“For unknown reasons, (the driver) allowed his vehicle to veer to the right,” according to the CHP statement. “(The truck) crossed the right shoulder and left the roadway. It continued southbound over the soft dirt shoulder and collided into a tree.”
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs during normal business hours at 562-868-0503.