Police say a woman and her two children died in El Monte last night when their vehicle was hit by a car thought to be involved in an illegal street race.
Police say the crash occurred in a quiet neighborhood at about 5:40 p.m. when a red convertible Ford Mustang and an Acura Legend sped through an intersection.
The Mustang broadsided the car containing the woman and children.
Their car skidded about 50 feet into a pickup and burst into flames.
Three people in the pickup suffered minor injuries.
The woman and children have not been immediately identified.
Authorities say an adult in the Mustang was hospitalized and detained for questioning but has not been arrested.
The Acura was found abandoned near the accident scene.