Two men in their early 20”s are unable to greet the New Year due to a car accident which happened late Sunday in West Philadelphia. Two young men died and a third was critically injured.

The fatalities were identified as Malik Morris age 21, and James Rose age 22. Police confirmed Monday that they were the two who died. Another 24-year-old man, whose name was not released, was delivered to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition. But later, police reported that he in stable condition and was recovering from both leg and head injuries.

It was around 11 o’clock in the evening when the crash happened at the vicinity of Haverford Avenue near 42d Street. The authorities are still investigating the cause; however, Sgt. Joseph Rossa of the Accident Investigation Division stated that the police believe the main factor was speeding. The 2006 Pontiac Sunfire was traveling over the limit which made the operator lost control wherein he hit a wall and several parked cars.

He said that there was definitely more speed than usual here.

All three men inside were thrown out from the car due to impact. One was pronounced dead at the scene; the other died shortly afterward at the hospital.

Rossa said that investigators are trying to determine who among the three was the driver. The car was badly damaged, and the fact that all three men were hurled out of the car has complicated the investigation.

Rossa accepted that this is one of those tough cases where they have to find all the answers right away. It is not clear whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Morris, one of the fatalities, was on probation for driving under the influence of a controlled substance as shown in his court records. His license was also suspended.

Morris and Rose lived just blocks from the crash, according to police. The two were close friends. Their family, relatives and friends expressed grief on their passing. One friend mentioned that Morris was always smiling and it saddens him to know that he was gone.

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