Two people were killed early Friday morning after a police chase ended in a fiery, deadly crash at Chevy Chase Circle, authorities say.
Police say that two male passengers in the rear seat were killed when the car, which was reported as stolen, struck a tree and burst into flames at the end of a short pursuit near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Circle.
The two men who died in the crash were pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims were cousins. They were identified as Kyree Nelson and Emmanuel Nelson.
Montgomery County Police say that just before 1:15 a.m., officers discovered that a Toyota Echo spotted in the area of Connecticut Avenue and East-West Highway in Chevy Chase was stolen. Before officers tried to pull the car over, though, it sped off on southbound Connecticut Avenue.
As the car entered the Maryland side of Chevy Chase Circle, it struck a tree.
Officers rushed to get the passengers out of the burning vehicle, but were only able to rescue the driver and front seat passenger before the car became fully engulfed in flames.
Both were transported to a local hospital, where the 16-year-old driver is reported to be in critical condition, police say. The front-seat passenger, who has been identified as 18-year-old Reeco Richardson of Northeast Washington, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the car crashed into the tree sideways, preventing them from pulling the two back seat passengers to safety.
Southbound lanes on Connecticut Avenue at Chevy Chase Circle were shut down in the wake of the crash.