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2 killed in violent Palmdale crash were father and daughter

February 14, 2017

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say a man and a girl killed in a violent single-car crash in Palmdale were father and daughter.

The coroner’s office says 54-year-old Manuel Paniagua and his 17-year-old daughter Vanessa died Sunday when they crashed at a high speed into a traffic signal pole.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Oscar Martinez says investigators are trying to determine whether the car was involved in a street race at the time.

Martinez says another vehicle sped away.

He says the car hit the pole with such force that it “disintegrated.” The two victims died at the scene.