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Three Killed, One Injured in Speeding Accident

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

Three young men were killed in a high speed accident on University parkway.

Details about the Fatal Accident

The Herald-Tribune is reporting that three 21-year-old men were killed and another was injured in a single-vehicle accident that happened at about 3 a.m. on University Parkway, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

The police have said that the Mercury Grand Marquis was traveling west on University parkway at a high rate of speed and left the road for an unknown reason, and then crashed into several trees near the intersection of Old Bradenton and DeSoto roads at about 3 a.m.on Monday. At this point it is uncertain whether or not drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

The victims have been identified as Wesley McCurley, Michael Duffy, and Dane Custer, all 21-years-old.

Thomas Bentley, who turned 21 years old today, was ejected from the vehicle at the time of the accident and was sent to the hospital but is expected to be okay.

According to a spokeswoman from the Sarasota Police Department, McCurley, who was driving the vehicle, had a history of speeding in Sarasota, with his most recent citation on March 12.

Important Information about Speeding

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful death cases on US roadways every year:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 32,675 people who were killed on US roadways.
  • At all ages, males had higher crash fatality rates than females in 2014.
  • Speeding was a factor in 28 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in 2014.

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