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UPDATE: The Racine Police Department has released the names of the two women killed in a car crash on Saturday. The driver of the car has been identified as Amber N. Hetland.  The passenger has been identified as Hailey N. Montee. ORIGINAL STORY: Two women are dead following a single-car crash that happened at about 6 p.m. Saturday on Erie and South street. Officials with the Racine Police Department have not released their names. The girls were reportedly in the car when the driver “lost control and struck a tree,” according to a press release by the Racine Police Department. “The driver and the passenger were in critical condition when first responders arrived on scene,” according to police.  “Both were transported by medical personnel but later died as a result of their injuries.  Speed is believed to be a factor but it is unknown if drugs and alcohol were involved.” The investigation is ongoing. Officials are asking the community for more information. Witnesses or citizens are asked to call the Racine Police Department at (262) 635-7756. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES).  Text message should begin with RACS.  

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.