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2 identified in fatal New Hampshire Ave. crash

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Three people were killed early Sunday after their car nicked a pickup truck on New Hampshire Avenue in the Adelphi area, then veered into a guardrail and utility pole, police said.

The car, a 1998 Nissan Altima, flipped and caught on fire with its driver and a woman inside, police said. Another man was ejected from the car, police said. All three were killed.

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Police identified the driver of the Altima as Jose Chicas Iraheta, 40, of Silver Spring, and his female passenger as Maria Iraheta de Bazzara, in her late 30s and also of Silver Spring. They said they had not identified the person who was ejected but think he is a man in his 30s.

The crash occurred just after 3 a.m. Sunday near New Hampshire Avenue and Piney Branch Road, police said. The Altima was traveling south at high speed behind a pickup truck, and at some point “had a minor collision” with the right rear corner of the truck, said Sgt. Michelle Reedy, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman.

Jose Chicas Iraheta was pronounced dead at the scene; the other two died later at a hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured, Reedy said.

— Matt Zapotosky, Ruben Castaneda and Meg Smith

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 10, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , Traffic Accidents  | Tags: Jose Chicas Iraheta, Maria Iraheta de Bazzara, New Hampshire Avenue, Nissan Altima, Pickup truck  
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