Police: Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo killed in fiery car crash

In this Oct. 18, 2008 file photo, Shawty Lo accepts the Rookie of the Year award during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. Authorities say rapper Shawty Lo, whose real name is Carlos Walker, has been killed in a fiery car crash before dawn Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 on a freeway near southwest Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
In this Oct. 18, 2008 file photo, Shawty Lo accepts the Rookie of the Year award during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. Authorities say rapper Shawty Lo, whose real name is Carlos Walker, has been killed in a fiery car crash before dawn Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 on a freeway near southwest Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo was killed in a fiery car crash on a freeway near southwest Atlanta, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

The car struck a couple of trees and burst into flames before dawn Wednesday on Interstate 285 near the exit to Cascade Road, Fulton County Police Cpl. Maureen Smith said. No other vehicles were involved.

The driver was thrown from the car and killed, Smith said. He was later identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 40-year-old Carlos Walker, who was known by the stage name Shawty Lo.

Two female passengers in the car were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, Smith said. Their names weren’t immediately released.

In 2008, Shawty Lo was named MySpace Music Rookie of the Year at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. That year, his hit “Dey Know” was among the most-played rap songs on radio stations nationwide.

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