05/12/2012 03:06 EDT | Updated 07/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Teen brothers killed in Richmond, B.C. car crash

Two teenage brothers were killed early Saturday morning after a car they were travelling in crashed into a tree on Number 4 Road in Richmond, B.C.

RCMP believe the 20-year-old driver of the BMW may have been intoxicated or speeding when he lost control of the vehicle at around 3 a.m. just south of the Steveston Highway.

The car swerved off the road and hit the tree on the passenger side, leaving the driver with minor injuries and killing his two teenage passengers, aged 16 and 19 years old.

The driver was transported to Vancouver General Hospital but has since been released and may be facing charges of speeding and impaired driving causing death.

The CBC's Deborah Goble, who was at the scene, described the aftermath as horrific, with debris strewn all over the road and the car completely crushed.

Media are usually held back from accident scenes, but Insp. Al Ramey says police want to use this crash to warn young people against speeding and drunk driving.

"I wanted the media to come here today to impress upon these young drivers to slow down, to not drink and drive, to pay attention," he said.

"This was a tragedy that did not have to happen. If there is any message we can get out to these young drivers, it is slow down, don't drink, be responsible."