2 men killed, 1 seriously injured after being hit by car on SR 50

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Two men are dead and one man was seriously injured after being struck by a car on State Road 50 early Thursday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said the crash happened at SR 50 and St. Nicholas Avenue around 1:30 a.m. According to a press release from FHP, the three men were standing on the side of the road after crashing into a treeline in Christmas. A passing motorist had pulled them out of the treeline and back onto the roadway.

As they were standing by the vehicle in the road, a Dodge van approached and struck them, according to FHP Lt. Kim Montes. The driver of the van, 35-year-old Saul Navarro, told FHP that he didn't see them. 

Troopers say one man died at the scene. Another man died after being transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The two deceased men have been identified as 18-year-old Yosmar Parra and 20-year-old Joel Best, both of Orlando.  A third man, 21-year-old Eugene Richards, of Winter Park, was taken to ORMC with serious injuries.

The crash is under investigation.

FHP said the crash remains under investigation.