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Riverside bus bench crash victims identified

A car that crashed into a bus bench in Riverside, killing two people, is seen on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.

December 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Officials released the identities of the two people killed when a car crashed into a bus bench in Riverside.

Melissa Bernal, 28, and Aniya Mitchell, 7, were killed in the crash. Authorities say the two were not related. Two others, a man and a woman, were transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Investigators said a driver lost control of his car, careened across three lanes of traffic, struck a light pole and then slammed into a bus stop, where four people were waiting for the bus.

The incident happened near Magnolia Avenue and Tyler Street Friday afternoon.

Police say the driver, a 45-year-old Riverside man, did not appear to be under the influence. The incident remains under investigation.