Two teens and a 22 year-old are the victims of a fatal rollover, which RCMP believe was fueled by speed and alcohol.

RCMP responded to what was initially thought to be a single vehicle rollover in the south ditch of Highway 625 just west of 60th Street at about 2:45 am. Fire crews and paramedics were quickly called to the scene, and as the additional crews arrived, a Pontiac Grand Am also involved in the cash was found just west of the rolled truck.

All three occupants of the Grand Am died at the scene - two of them had been ejected from the vehicle and the other was pulled from the wreckage.

Friends have identified the victims as 22 year-old Thaddeus Lake of Leduc County and 18 year-olds Brad Arsenault and Kole Novak from Beaumont, who had just graduated from École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School in June.

The 28-year-old male driver of the pickup truck was transported to hospital by STARS air ambulance and remains in critical condition.

No charges have been laid yet as RCMP are still investigating. However, Cst. Jodi Heidinger with the Leduc RCMP said investigators believe both vehicles were traveling in the same direction at the time of the collision. They also consider speed and alcohol to be the primary factors that contributed to the crash.

The news has spread quickly through the tight-knit community of Beaumont, and has left friends feeling emotions of shock, sadness, and anger.

"Alcohol and vehicles just don't mix and things like this happen and innocent peoples lives are at risk. It's just not fair," said Marriya Jenkins, a friend of the two Beaumont boys. "They were just great guys, just giving, just kind."

The town's mayor, Camille Berube has also offered her condolences. "These are two young men that are well known in the community and I'm sure the community will rally to provide support to the families."


Source: Global News - Edmonton


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