The news was grim. And the grim news rolled in repeatedly around Beloit, Wisconsin. The repeated message will hopefully come in clearly: speed kills.
In a crash a week ago, three young men lost their lives. Were they drunk? No, apparently not. High on drugs? No. They were in a car going far too fast for conditions, however.
The driver of the car, just 28, and father of two young children, died at the scene of the crash. According to police experts, he was driving the vehicle at 80 mph or more in a 25 mph zone. When he came to a bend in the road, he couldn't keep control of the BMW car he had purchased just four days earlier. The speeding vehicle slammed into a tree and power pole, ripping the car in half in a horrific fatal accident.
An 18-year-old front-seat passenger had to be extricated from the wreck by rescuers. Emergency workers were unable to save him. He, too, died at the scene.
A 21-year-old man was also declared dead at the accident site.
There was no indication of alcohol abuse, police said.
Just two days earlier, however, four people sustained injuries in a two-car collision that did reportedly involve alcohol. Drivers were cited for driving while intoxicated.
That accident happened about two weeks after a fatal crash in which a 51-year-old drunk driver slammed his vehicle into a parked car. He later died of his injuries caused by a combination of alcohol and speed.
His crash happened about a week before the late February crash in which two residents of Beloit were killed in yet another accident involving speed. In that incident, the driver was reportedly going approximately 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Over and over, the news is repeated: speed kills. Drunk driving kills. Yet we see people get behind the wheel, driving much faster than posted speed limits and far too often with illegal levels of alcohol in their systems.
Resource: Beloit Daily News: "Speed to blame in grinding crash": March 9, 2011