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This story was updated at 12:20 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013.

A three-car crash Sunday night in Wheaton killed three people, including a 4-year-old girl.

The accident took place shortly before 10 p.m. at Georgia Avenue and Kayson Street in Wheaton. Four-year-old Elizabeth Lemus and Felipe Pineda of Wheaton died at the scene, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham said. The driver of the car they were in, Salvador Lemus Ramos, 39, of Wheaton died at the hospital later Sunday evening.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the 2000 Nissan Sentra driven by Ramos was making a left turn from eastbound Kayson Street onto northbound Georgia Avenue when it hit a 2008 Volkswagon Passat driven by Shaka Wakefield of Wheaton and a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Audias Sanchez of Wheaton, both traveling south on Georgia Avenue.

All four of the occupants of the Nissan were ejected. Elba Pineda, 31, of Wheaton, one of those passengers from the Nissan, still is in serious condition at a local trauma center. Wakefield and Sanchez also were transported to a local trauma center. Police did not have an update on their condition.

State Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring said he received an email from one of the victim’s coworkers requesting a speed camera be installed on Georgia Avenue in the area where the accident occurred.

While he didn’t know if a speed camera would be the right measure to take, Arora said, the coworker’s “point was well taken” that stretch of Georgia Avenue can be dangerous.

The road often is “jam-packed” with traffic during the day, said Arora, who grew up in the area he now represents.

“But at night, it’s deserted,” he said. “It’s like three lanes in each direction, and people can just go racing down there.”

Arora said, however, “we can’t jump to conclusions before the investigation is complete,” and he would be among those waiting for the results.

“I’m certainly going to be continuing to pay attention to the developments here,” he said.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620 or call the police nonemergency number at 301-279-8000. Callers may remain anonymous.