COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Howard County are investigating a single-vehicle collision in Columbia early Sunday morning that killed two people and seriously injured another.

Police said a 2008 Mazda 3 was driving on Snowden River Parkway past Good Hunters Ride when it left the road and struck a tree in the median.

The driver and backseat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. They are identified as 27-year-old Eric Mutilu and 26-year-old Ali Mursal Ali, both from Columbia.

The front passenger, identified as 25-year-old Jovan Roberts, was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and is in critical condition.

Police believe speed was a factor in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.

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