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Two men die from injuries 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.

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

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.

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.
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