Family waits for official word after two die in fiery crash

Fiery crash kills at least two in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A family thinks they know at least one of the victims in Monday's fiery crash in the Pontchartrain Park area.

Authorities have not confirmed the identities of two people who died or one who was hospitalized, but the Hines family sifted through the rubble at Leon C. Simon near Press Drive.

"It's a nightmare, a total nightmare, trust me," said Corey Hines, the father of 20-year-old Davante Hines.

Police said at around 1:30 a.m., a white Chevrolet Impala traveling west at a high rate of speed slammed into the traffic signal pole at Press.

"I'm just trying to find out if it was my car," said Davante's aunt, Danyell Hines.

Danyell Hines hasn't seen her Impala or her 20-year-old nephew since Sunday night.

"Really unusual. He always asked me, 'Tee, can i use your car?'" Danyell Hines said.

The impact and the fire that followed killed the driver and a passenger. A passerby managed to rescue a third passenger in the back seat. The family said the coroner has confirmed there was one man and two women in the car.

"Calling detectives, it's just a waiting process," said Davante's stepfather, Quentin Zeno. "They don't know if it's him or not. They haven't identified him yet."

Police said identification may take time because the deceased were badly burned.

"I'm stumped like everyone else. I'm lost for words," Corey Hines said.

The family said the coroner may take their DNA to determine if the victim was their son.

"He was a great kid, never did nothing wrong. We can't believe he left the house without saying anything," said Corey Hines.

Police haven't determined why the driver lost control. Rescuers used the jaws of life to get the victims out of the burning Chevy, and as the Hines family collects personal effects, they cling to hope that somehow it's all a bad dream.

New Orleans police have not released the name of the good Samaritan who saved one of the passengers. The surviving female victim was listed in serious condition.

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