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University Boulevard accident kills two women, injures another

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Update: Thursday night family and friends held a vigil for the two women who were killed in the accident. ABC7's Tom Roussey was there and talked with loved ones.

Two women were killed in a car accident on University Boulevard in Langley Park early Thursday morning, authorities say.

Montgomery County Police say that the crash occurred just after 3 a.m. in the 700 block of University Boulevard at Piney Branch Road.

Jenice Richards, 22, and Tamara Nicole Johnson, 19, both of Hyattsville, were killed in the crash.

Desaleen Rayna James, 18, was also injured in he crash. Her exact condition is unknown.

The only thing friends of the three victims could do when they arrived at the accident scene was stare in disbelief.

“I'm here at the site and it's still not real yet,” says Amara Kargbo, a friend.

Police say the car, a 2003 Nissan Murano, left the roadway and ended up in a yard. According to police, the driver of SUV couldn't negotiate a curve on University Boulevard and ended up crashing into the driveway wall of a nearby home and then flipped. It finally wrapped around a tree.

People who live in this neighborhood say accidents happen here all the time.

Authorities do not yet know if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Queen Walker saw Tamara and the other two women at dinner earlier in the evening. Tamara told her they were on their way to a club in D.C.

“At dinner I told her a couple of things and we cleared up a couple things but it hurt because I didn't get to say goodbye to her’ Walker says. “We parted each other I gave her a hug and we did this little thing where we do like this and we left.”

Friends say the three were returning from the club around three in the morning. Richards was driving James in the front seat and Johnson in the back.

Kiala Moore says he was Johnson's mentor.

“She just graduated from high point and was looking to go to art school for fashion design,” Moore says.

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