BUENA PARK

A teenage girl who was killed in La Palma when an SUV went out of control, striking two cars and a tree, was identified Monday by the Orange County Coroner's Office.

Hanel Lozano, 18, of Bellflower was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner's office and Buena Park police Sgt. Chris Nunez.

Three other people in the car were transported to UC Irvine Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, Nunez said. Their current condition was unknown.

No one in the other vehicles was injured, Nunez said.

The crash took place at 6:20 p.m. Sunday at Valley View Boulevard and La Palma Avenue, Nunez said.

The Jeep Cherokee first struck a car in a two-way left turn lane southbound on Valley View Boulevard, Nunez said. It then struck a tree on the raised center median; and, as it flew, it hit another car in a driveway, according to Nunez.

The cause remained under investigation.

`There was significant vehicle damage," Nunez said. "Based on that you could conclude speed was an associated factor."

- City News Service


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