Three people, including two teen-age sisters, were killed early Sunday in Bell when their car was broadsided at nearly 100 m.p.h. by a pickup driven by an alleged drunk driver, police said.
The accident occurred two blocks from the sisters' Maywood home and six blocks from a drunk-driving checkpoint set up by Bell police, Officer Hector Camacho said.
The names of the sisters, ages 15 and 17, were withheld pending notification of their parents. The third victim was identified as Jesus Torres Felix, 28, of Southgate.
The driver of the pickup was Eudon Gomez, 23, police said. He was treated for minor injuries at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center's jail ward and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police said Gomez was driving east on Gage Avenue when his truck struck the other car, a Mercury Cougar, heading north on Wilcox Avenue. Felix, who was driving the Cougar, and one of the sisters died in the front seat of the car. The sister in the back seat was thrown from the car and and killed.
Gomez's bail was set at $500,000.