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Driver killed, passenger injured after hitting tree in Riverside

A man was killed and his passenger injured Friday night when the sports car he was driving at close to 100 mph smashed into a palm tree in Riverside, authorities said.

The driver, whose identity was not released, was headed west on 3rd Street near Chicago Avenue about 7 p.m. when he lost control of his late-model Dodge Viper and hit h the tree, according to the Riverside Police Department.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and his female passenger, who was also not identified, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, police said.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing. Witnesses or anyone with information has been asked to contact Riverside Police Det. Ken Madsen at (951) 826-8723.


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