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Four killed, two critically injured in La Habra crash [Updated]

April 17, 2011 | 12:14 pm

Three men and one woman, all in their 20s, were killed and two others were in critical condition after their pickup truck crashed in a La Habra neighborhood early Sunday, authorities said.

The black Chevy Colorado double-cab pickup was traveling north on South Walnut Street about 1:10 a.m. when it slammed into a tree in front of a residence near Exeter Circle, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.

Four of the victims, including a 22-year-old male believed to be the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene, Baylos said. [updated, 12:22 p.m.: All the victims were in the passenger compartment, police said.]

The two survivors, females ages 21 and 25, were extracted using the jaws of life. They were transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange and listed in critical condition, although one was stable.

Based on a preliminary investigation, the vehicle was traveling faster than the 25 mile per hour speed limit for the area, Baylos said. The department was awaiting toxicology reports from the coroner’s office to determine if alcohol was a factor.

The names of the victims were not released, pending family notification. Some of the victims were residents of La Habra.

-- Corina Knoll

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