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    Two die in New Bedford car crash

    Two men died Saturday from injuries sustained during a car crash late Friday night in New Bedford, according to New Bedford police detective Sergeant Victor Mendes.

    The driver, Luismiguel Fernandes, 30, of Dorchester, and the passenger, Winnitue Montrond , 28, of New Bedford, had to be extricated from the heavily damaged car by the fire department, police said.

    Montrond was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford and Fernandes was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

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    The car, a 2003 black Jaguar owned by Montrond’s girlfriend, struck and knocked down a tree at the intersection of Warren Street and West Rodney French Boulevard, a police statement said.

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    At 11:30 p.m. Friday, shortly before police responded to a call reporting the accident, Officer Mark Raposo saw the Jaguar going between 80 and 100 miles per hour on Route 18, a highway with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour, according to the statement.

    Mendes said detectives believe speed was factor in the fatal crash.

    Laura Gómez can be reached at laura.gomez@globe.com.