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Villains Tavern investigated after web photo, deadly DUI

Photo by Alissa Walker via Flickr Creative Commons

State alcohol regulators say they're investigating a Los Angeles bar to learn if a woman was over-served before she allegedly drove a car drunk off a freeway interchange, killing two passengers.

The L.A. Times reports the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's probe was sparked by a photo, posted online by 23-year-old victim Simon Magat, showing the group drinking at downtown's Villains Tavern prior to the accident.

The car was driven by 22-year-old Christine Meng early Wednesday when it plunged off the interchange between Interstate 10 and Interstate 710. Joseph Almario was also killed in the crash. Another passenger survived.

Authorities say Meng had a blood alcohol level of .11 percent at the time of the accident. Officials didn't say whether the group visited other bars before the crash.