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Man, Teen Girl Identified as 2 Killed in South Gate Crash

A man and a teenage girl were identified Sunday as the victims killed in a violent hit-and-run crash in South Gate.

Los Angeles coroner's officials identified Lester Larios, 55, and Angie Ruiz, 15, both from Bell, as the victims killed in the two-vehicle crash that also left five others injured just before 5 p.m. Saturday at El Paseo Street and S. Garfield Avenue.

A Mitsubishi carrying five people was turning into a shopping center when a speeding Mercedes struck them. All five were trapped in the vehicle as firefighters worked to free them. Larios and Ruiz died at the scene.

Three people were transported to a hospital in critical condition, and two others had minor injuries, police said. Police took one person into custody and were looking for another man who police said fled on foot from the crash.

Bryan Rojas, 22, was identified as a person of interest by Bell Gardens police. Police said Rojas suffered an injury to his forehead in the crash.

Anyone who spots Rojas is encouraged to call South Gate police at 323-563-5400.

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