Neighbors Describe Scene of Triple-Fatal Crash

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A gray Chevrolet Tahoe caused a deadly crash on Howe Avenue near El Camino Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

It happened near a park and an apartment complex. Neighbors tell FOX40 they were shocked.

"I'm traumatized," said Sharon Wallace.

The CHP says around 2:20 p.m., the SUV swerved onto the wrong side of Howe avenue, then hit a cyclist. The cyclist went flying, and the car then slammed into a tree and burst into flames.

Bystander Fredrick Wallace sprang into action, trying to help rescue the victims.

"I just ran over there and started pulling people out of the car," Wallace said.

But it was too late. The 53-year-old female cyclist and the female passenger of the SUV died on scene. The male driver died at the hospital.

Hours after the crash, neighbor Chuck Miller came to the scene is the accident to pray for the victims. He says the cyclist was a homeless woman named Jessica.

"She always hung around here at the park, you know, came over to the apartments all the time." Miller said.

This isn't the first time neighbors have seen deaths along this stretch of Howe avenue near Bellevue park. The CHP confirms a child was hit by a car and killed a year and a half ago.

'"There has been five deaths here in the last couple years," Miller said. "That's unacceptable that's way over what it should be."

Speed is not the main factor the CHP suspects caused Thursday's fatal wreck.

"There are fresh bottles of alcohol in the car so it looks like alcohol may be a factor we will be investigating that," CHP officer Chad Hertzell said.

Toxicology report results on the driver are pending.