Three young men who died in a horrific Saturday morning crash could have been involved in a street race with a Dodge Ram pick-up truck, Mounties suspect.

"This is definitely an aspect of the investigation, but it hasn't been confirmed," said Const. Jodi Heidinger, a spokeswoman with the Leduc RCMP.

"The collision analyst will look at this as part of the investigation, and he will be taking measurements to see how fast the vehicles were going at the time of the collision."

Alcohol and speed were the "primary factors" in the crash and investigators believe a 28-year-old man found at the scene was impaired, said Heidinger.

Investigators are still trying to figure out if the man -- who is still listed in critical condition in hospital -- was driving the pick-up truck that was travelling eastbound with a Pontiac Grand Am along Highway 625, just west of 60 Street in Beaumont, moments before it crashed sometime around 2:45 a.m.

"It's going to be a while before we get toxicology reports back, but at this time, we do believe that the (man) from the pick-up truck was impaired," said Liasion.

"We haven't confirmed if he was the driver of the truck and we don't know if any of the three young men that were killed were under the influence."

Brad Arsenault, 18, Kole Novak, 18, and Thaddeus, 22, -- all occupants inside the Pontiac Grand Am -- were killed in the crash that shook the small town south of Edmonton.

Heidinger said the crash is still under investigation. No charges have been laid in the case.

Source: The Beaumont News


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