VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two people died and another was injured after three vehicles were involved in a crash early Friday morning in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach police said there was a call around 6 a.m. for someone pinned inside a vehicle at the intersection of Independence and Pembroke boulevards.
Police said responding officers found three vehicles involved and three people injured.
Police later said a preliminary investigation found a sedan and a van were going west on Pembroke through the intersection of Independence through a green light at the time of the crash.
Another sedan going northbound on Independence struck the sedan, causing it to hit the van. The drivers of both sedans were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police identified the drivers as 45-year-old Pasquale DeStasio and 28-year-old Estherlyne Stein, of both of Virginia Beach.
The third person injured in the crash, the driver of the van, was transported to a hospital. Their injuries are not life-threatening, police said.
Northbound lanes on Independence Boulevard were closed from Independence Circle to Haygood Road, while southbound lanes on Independence were closed from Pembroke Boulevard to Witchduck Road.
Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash, police said.