A fiery wreck killed three people and injured a fourth person about 10 p.m. on Tuesday in west Greenville, the police department reported.

The car, a Nissan Altima, was traveling south on Davis Street at a high rate of speed prior to the crash, a news release said. The driver ran several stop signs heading toward the intersection of West Fifth Street, where Kings Convenience and the H.K. Mart are located.

The driver crossed Fifth Street and drove onto a grassy lot, police reported. The driver proceeded across the lot, drove onto another section of Davis Street, then hit a tree on the side of the street.

The impact ejected passenger Miranda Artis, 29, of Grifton, who died at the scene. Police said the vehicle to burst into flames, and the driver and a second passenger were trapped. They both died.

A third passenger, Sammie Madlock, 31, of Greenville, was out of the car when officers arrived, police reported. It wasn’t known Wednesday whether he was ejected or exited the vehicle on his own, police said. His injuries were not life threatening.

The names of the others have been withheld pending positive identification from the Pitt County Medical Examiner’s Office, police reported.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. No one was chasing the vehicle, Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter said.

It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol were involved, but speed was definitely a factor, she said Wednesday afternoon.

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.