LOS ANGELES, California – Three young adults were killed early Sunday morning in a fiery crash after the driver crashed into Reno’s Pizzeria on Ventura Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, according to a Los Angeles Times article.
Pavel Volodkovich was allegedly behind the wheel of the BMW about 3:35 p.m. after leaving a birthday party his two friends Jason Shmelnik, 21, of Los Angeles and Ekaterina Botvinieva, 23, of New York. The group of friends had been celebrating the 21st birthday of Shmelnik at Romanov in the San Fernando Valley.
Police believe that Volodkovich, of Los Angeles, was speeding at the time of the crash and friends told a CBS news reporter that he may have been drinking prior to the crash.
The driver lost control of the vehicle, struck several trees and crashed into the pizza restaurant which was closed at the time.
“Police will investigate whether the driver was drinking prior to the crash,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a wrongful death specialist. “Too many young people are involved in these types of crashes every year and sadly many of them are preventable.”
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