BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police are investigating an early morning crash that left two people dead Sunday.

According to Truman Fitzgerald with BPD, officers arrived to the scene on 3rd Avenue South and saw a small sedan had collided into a tree with two people unresponsive inside the vehicle around 1:20 a.m. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene and pronounced the front-seat passenger dead. The driver was transported to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries where he was later pronounced dead by hospital staff.

The pair were later identified as 36-year-old Anthony Miekeco Penny and 30-year-old Phoebe Olivia Hurst.

Preliminary investigation shows speed played a factor in the cause of the accident.

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