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Investigators believe alcohol and speed factors in fatal crash
Julia Parrish, ctvedmonton.ca
Published Monday, November 28, 2011 6:57PM MST
Two days after three men were killed in an overnight crash near Beaumont, RCMP are releasing more details – and an update of their investigation so far.
Emergency crews and members of the Beaumont RCMP were called to the scene on Highway 625, near 60 Street at about 2:45 Saturday morning.
Authorities were initially called to a single vehicle rollover, but a short time later another car also involved in the crash was found.
One of the victims of the crash was airlifted by Stars Air Ambulance to hospital, but did not survive.
As a result of the crash 18-year-olds Brad Arsenault and Kole Novak, and 22-year-old Thaddeus Lake died.
Investigators said Monday they have confirmed the three young men killed in the crash were in the same vehicle, after initial reports stated one of the deceased were in the other vehicle.
The deaths rocked the tight-knit community of Beaumont, and a large crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night to mourn their loss.
"In this case, these were the three greatest boys ever," Karmia Novak, who lost her brother and boyfriend in the crash, said Sunday night. "They impacted who I am so much so that I'm only a sliver of a person left because they've taken so much away with them."
The 28-year-old male driver of the other vehicle is in hospital in critical but stable condition.
Charges have not been laid, RCMP said they are still investigating, but believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.