Car Crash in California: 2 Dead When Car Bursts Into Flames

Two people were killed in a car crash in Pomona, California when the unlicensed driver of a stolen car slammed into a Nissan Maxima at high speed early, slicing the Nissan in half in a burst of flames on a Southern California street, investigators said.

Lorraine Martinez, 26, driver of the 2008 Infinity G37S reported stolen Sunday evening, received minor injuries and was arrested and booked for investigation of auto theft, Pomona police Corporal Bert Sanchez said. Martinez was an unlicensed driver, authorities said.

The 1995 Nissan with a driver and passenger was attempting to make a left turn into a fast-food restaurant on Holt Avenue at 1:41 a.m. Monday when it was broadsided at a high rate of speed by the Infinity, investigators said.

The impact split the Nissan in two. The Nissan then slammed into a light pole and burst into flames, Sanchez said in a police news release. Los Angeles County firefighters extinguished the flames.

The bodies were burned beyond recognition. They appear to be those of a man and a woman, coroner’s investigator Jerry McKibben said.

Holt Avenue near Garey Avenue, major thoroughfares in the city some 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, was closed more than seven hours while the police major incident team investigated the crash.

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