DENVER (CBS4) – Friends and family have been leaving candles and flowers at the site where a crash killed three men on Sunday, but they say it is offering little comfort to those who knew the victims.

Police say speed and alcohol may be a factor in the crash. It happened late Sunday night at South Irving Street and West Jewell Avenue.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Brian Alvarez, 18, Bryan Moreno, 20, and Nicasio Flores, 20, were killed. Two other people were also critically injured.

Witnesses say the driver was going 55 mph when he lost control, went airborne and struck a tree. No one in the car was wearing a seat belt.

Neighbors came running when they heard the car collide with the tree. Witnesses say the car flipped and that there were cries for help coming from inside.

“Help me. That’s all he kept saying: help me,” one woman who was at the scene said.

Nicasio Flores (credit: CBS)

Nicasio Flores (credit: CBS)

Flores’ sister Blanca told CBS4 she can’t believe her brother is gone.

“He always made sure there was food on the table. I have three other brothers, a baby brother, and it’s going to be hard without him,” she said.

Flores worked construction jobs to help support their mother.

Friends of the other victims also said they are stunned by the news.

“We all grew up together,” Manuel Ramirez said. “They were all young. Two of them are in surgery at the moment. (They need our) prayers.”


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