A car careened into a tree early Friday on a Berkeley street, killing a young woman and severely injuring a man and small child, Berkeley police said.
Police got 911 calls reporting the accident on California Street just north of Allston Way at about 1:13 a.m.
According to Berkeley Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said it appeared that no other cars were involved.
“Officers found a car that had collided with a tree,” she told KTVU. “Initially there were three occupants in the car. It was a challenge for both patrol officers and the fire department to get the individuals out of the car. The officers and fire department did some heroic work to get them out.”
Kusmiss said her department’s fatal accident team was on the scene and using surveying tools to map the debris in an attempt to determine why the Cadillac – with a Compton registration -- careened into the tree.
“There is evidence scattered around a wide area,” she said of the force of the impact.
Kusmiss said the severely injured driver would be tested to see if substances were a factor in the crash.
The female passenger was declared at the scene while the man and child were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Kusmiss would not speculate on the relationship of the three victims. She did say the adults were in their early 20s.
The name of the deceased victim has not been released pending notification of their family.
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