Three killed, two hurt when car crashes into tree, rolls over

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Three people were killed and two injured after the car they were riding in crashed into a tree and rolled over on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

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DENVER -- Three people were killed and two others seriously injured in a single rollover car crash on Sunday night at West Jewell Avenue and South Irving Street. All of the victims were in their teens and twenties.

Police say the driver was speeding, ran a red light and lost control of the car, hitting a tree on the median and rolling over. The car was on its side and the tree was snapped in half.

The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner released the names Monday afternoon of the three people killed:

  • Brian Alvarez, 20, driver
  • Bryan Moreno, 18
  • Nicasio Flores, 20

Police say two of the men died at the scene and one died at the hospital. Two others were seriously injured, with Denver Police saying they had surgery Sunday night but their conditions are unknown. None of the men was wearing seat belts.

"We have a pretty good idea what happened," Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. "But we want to make sure they can verify that. Basically they lost control the vehicle and overcorrected into the tree."

Investigators said it's possible alcohol was a factor.  Friends of the victims who gathered at the scene of the crash Monday said they didn't think that was likely.

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