Two people were killed and a third person was injured Sunday when their car crashed into a Boyle Heights home Sunday afternoon.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the victims were fleeing a gunman when their speeding vehicle went airborne and crashed into the unoccupied home on the 1500 block of Pleasant Avenue.

The Times said a black SUV pulled up to the victim’s white sedan near the intersection of East César Chávez Avenue and Echandia Street about 11 a.m. A person with a gun stepped out of the passenger side of the vehicle and shot into the car, police told the newspaper. The driver of the SUV then fled west on César Chávez.

The driver of the sedan drove at a high rate of speed down Echandia Street before the vehicle went airborne and crashed into the home, according to police.

There were three occupants in the vehicle. A male driver was transported to the hospital where he died. A second fatal victim, a pregnant woman, was trapped under a collapsed porch and died at the scene. A male passenger was able to get out of the car and was taken to the hospital without injuries.

According to the Times, police believe the driver of the vehicle was shot and his foot was stuck in the pedal, which forced the vehicle to plow into the house. It was not known if he died from the crash or gunshot wounds.

The surviving victim was a passenger in the back seat who could not stop the vehicle, police said.

This post was updated at 7:30 p.m. to add details on the shooting and description of victims.

Boyle Heights Beat

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