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Two killed, five injured in hit-and-run crash in South Gate

Two people were killed and five others injured in a hit-and-run crash Saturday in South Gate, prompting police to shut down a section of Garfield Avenue as they investigated.

The two-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. at Garfield Avenue and El Paseo Street. One vehicle struck the other, which then slammed into a pole, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Richard Licon said.

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Among the survivors, three suffered critical injuries and were taken to a local trauma center, and two had minor injuries, Licon said.

The crash area is being treated as a crime scene by the South Gate Police Department because the collision involved a hit-and-run, Licon said. Police could not be reached for comment.

Late Saturday, authorities were seeking Bryan Rojas, 22, in connection with the fatal hit-and-run, according to the Bell Gardens Police Department. He was last seen with a forehead injury that he sustained in the collision.

Rojas was described as a Latino, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a beard. Anyone with information about Rojas' whereabouts is urged to call South Gate police at (323) 563-5400.

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